New strata laws explained

New strata laws explained

We seem to have been talking about strata law changes for the last 100 years and certainly we are on the brink of the biggest shake-up of strata law in NSW since last century – 1973, to be precise. OCN, the main independent lobby group for strata owners and EC members in NSW and across […]

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Strata troublemakers nailed

Strata troublemakers nailed

Are you a criminal, a rebel or a know-all? Or is it your neighbour who’s one of apartment living’s permanent pests and constant troublemakers. Strata lawyer Amanda Farmer, founder member of Women In Strata, has compiled a list of the six main “difficult residents” in unit blocks, ranging from the troublesome to the troubled. They […]

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How can you put a strata pro in charge?

How can you put a strata pro in charge?

How bad does your strata committee have to be before a tribunal will sack them and appoint a strata manager to take over? If you can’t vote the committee out, usually because of blind proxy votes, this is the ultimate sanction in strata disputes, employed when a building and its residents are suffering at the […]

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Recycle bikes – even if you’re breaking the law

Recycle bikes – even if you’re breaking the law

  The Givenow bike charity links are little out of date.  Here is a link to a more up-to-date list. A friend got a bike over Christmas.  Nothing fancy – just a second-hand 12-speed rattler with sit-up handlebars and a basket on the front. When she approached her building manager for access to their bike […]

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NCAT:  New name, same problems?

NCAT: New name, same problems?

Way back in the early days of Flat Chat – about 11 years ago –  I wrote a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald called “Send In The Clowns” which was basically about how incompetent, illogical and even anti-strata some NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) adjudicators could be. It’s been three years since […]

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Time running out for balcony barbecues

Time running out for balcony barbecues

The new NSW legislation due to come in mid-year doesn’t specifically ban balcony barbecues – or even barbecue smoke – but it does make it a lot easier for those of us who find the stink and fumes from inconsiderate neighbours intolerable. And even those buildings that tried to sidestep any action against barbecues by […]

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Owners balk at booting Auntie out of her flat

Owners balk at booting Auntie out of her flat

The Auntie Mabels of Strataland can sleep a little more soundly. For all the huffing and puffing about forced sales of apartments, the big bad wolves of property development won’t find it too easy to blow your houses down. Under laws due to come in mid next year, developers will need only 75 percent of […]

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How to choose a new strata manager

How to choose a new strata manager

That old saying of “better the devil you know” rarely applies more than in your choice of strata managers. But if, like one Flat Chat reader, your strata manager’s contract is coming up for renewal and it has a roll-over clause, you might want to at least address the issue before you are stuck for […]

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Why poor areas will miss out on urban renewal

Why poor areas will miss out on urban renewal

Owners of units in crumbling apartment blocks in poorer areas of Sydney may be stuck with them indefinitely, according to a new report, while their better-off counterparts in in more salubrious suburbs upsell their apartments for luxury low-rise or lucrative high-rise developments. The UNSW report, launched today (Wednesday 25th),  says some areas of Sydney most […]

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