Roundup:  $130k legal bill for a lawless committee

Roundup:  $130k legal bill for a lawless committee

It was back in April that Whoopi wrote to us about her legal battles with her committee which at that stage had cost her $30,000 and she expected to go up to $60k. She finally won at tribunal the other week, by which time the legal bill – which will now have to be paid […]

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Poor hosts scared by ‘hurtful’ comments, says Airbnb

Poor hosts scared by ‘hurtful’ comments, says Airbnb

Well, I finaly got round to writing my response to the Short Term Holiday Letting Positions paper. However, my intended short and pithy one-pager turned out to be six pages and 2500 words long. If you really want to read it, you will find it here. Meanwhile, if Airbnb are as good as their word, […]

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Business skills that can spell strife in strata

Business skills that can spell strife in strata

You might think that all those skills you acquired climbing the business ladder and studying for your MBA make you the perfect candidate for your strata committee. But while some attributes help in both fields, others have serious downsides that can lead to strata disaster. Here are a few flaws and a couple of strengths […]

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Threats as bully builder is balked

Threats as bully builder is balked

It’s nice to bring a happy conclusion to a story, albeit one that we thought was over and done with ages ago. Regular readers may remember the story of the North Coast builder-developer who decided he wanted a nice apartment with oceans views – and that a dozen or so other people should pay for […]

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Roundup: After you’ve voted on same-sex marriage …

Roundup: After you’ve voted on same-sex marriage …

Cast your vote in the Flat Chat poll on whether or not our strata committees should speak on our behalf. It’s interesting watching the discussions over same sex marriage and seeing who is coming out against or in favour. My gym had an idiotic exchange on its Facebook page this week when some moron posted […]

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Too late for medium-rise blocks with danger cladding

Too late for medium-rise blocks with danger cladding

Last week the senate committee featured on the ABC TV Four Corners report on the spread of flammable cladding recommended that the potentially lethal aluminium composite panels, widely used on apartment buildings across Australia, should be subject to an immediate total ban on their importation, sale and use.  The committee also said there should also […]

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Airbnb survey exposes age and ownership divide

Airbnb survey exposes age and ownership divide

By Sue Williams and Jimmy Thomson A widening divide between young renters and older owners in Sydney’s growing number of apartment buildings, has been exposed  by a major survey into short-term letting. Deep divisions clearly exist between Millennial tenants and older owner-occupiers who fail to see eye-to-eye on nearly every aspect of apartment-living, with this […]

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Flammable cladding report makes chilling viewing

Flammable cladding report makes chilling viewing

Did you see Four Corners on the ABC this week?  It was all about the dangers of inflammable cladding and how they’ve been around for two decades. You will be able to catch up with it on iView, if you missed it – and it’s well worth watching. Now, I have written in the past […]

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Five classic errors of unit block newbies

Five classic errors of unit block newbies

New to apartments or teetering on the brink of buying your first unit? Trusting that someone somewhere will make the right decisions for everyone? If only.  You need to have your wits about you when you enter the brave new world of apartment living. Here’s a guide to the five basic mistakes apartment-owning newbies often […]

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Roundup: Lazy agent won’t hassle strata manager

Roundup: Lazy agent won’t hassle strata manager

Something too many landlords, rental agents, strata managers and strata committees don’t get is that something that seems too minor for them to bother with can be a huge deal to residents. Right now on the Forum, Flatchatters offering advice to a tenant who just wants her mailbox fixed.  Is it a big deal? Well, […]

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