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Roundup: Back in print and raring to go

Roundup: Back in print and raring to go

Wot? No Flat Chat? Where have you gone? Why was there no print edition of the column? This weekend saw the launch of the shiny new half-property, half-lifestyle Domain magazine, free with the Sydney Morning Herald and Financial Review. In the endless publishing tussle between style and substance, there was no room for a frequently […]

Renters v landlords: have-nots and have-lots

Renters v landlords: have-nots and have-lots

The recent revelations that rentersvare too scared to complain about problems in their units should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever rented a house or flat in this country. What are they scared of?  Mainly that the rental agents will ignore their pleas or simply not renew their leases when they run […]

Airbnb and the battle for your blocks

Airbnb and the battle for your blocks

In an exclusive four-part series Jimmy Thomson examines spectacular growth of short-stay letting in our cities’ most popular areas and the affect that has on rents, house prices and, especially, the sense of ‘home’ for people who live in apartments. Part one – Opportunity or threat? As a relatively new NSW Liberal cabinet settles in, […]

Queensland closer to adopting forced sales laws

Queensland closer to adopting forced sales laws

Queensland unit owners could soon join their counterparts in NSW in being forced to sell their homes against their will if 75 percent of the neighbours in their block agree. And even if the “forced sale” vote threshold isn’t reached, under proposed changes to apartment laws, individual owners and Body Corporates will be able to […]

Roundup: A little update goes a long way

Roundup: A little update goes a long way

With the recent changes in strata laws, we realised a lot of our information needed an update, links were broken and there are new answers to old questions, so this past weekend has been spent bringing everything up to scratch (we hope). Since we started Flat Chat, organisations like the CTTT have disappeared (to be replaced […]

Airbnb feelgood factor crimped by $415,000 fines

Airbnb feelgood factor crimped by $415,000 fines

Just hours after Airbnb polished their sharing and caring image with a pro-refugee ad during yesterday’s Superbowl TV broadcast in America last week, a city council has punched a $415,000 hole in their pitch that they are all about ordinary people letting rooms in their homes. The dark side of Airbnb – the exploitation by […]

A good whinge and the power of negative thinking

A good whinge and the power of negative thinking

Nobody likes a whinger, but in strata, sometimes it pays to stow your personal aversion to complaining.  A well-timed complaint could save you a heap of grief, not to mention a pile of cash. We know of a young woman, who has suddenly found herself adjacent to the builders’ base for a renovation of the […]

Kiwi writer finds Sydney airbnb trashed

Kiwi writer finds Sydney airbnb trashed

I am “sharing” this extract from a column written by the excellent David Slack in the Sunday Star Times in New Zealand.  Sharing is a word we use on the internet when we actually mean stealing.   Sharing is also a word Airbnb hosts use when they mean roughly the same thing when it’s applied […]

Alarming prospects when phone lines are cut

Alarming prospects when phone lines are cut

Within 18 months of the NBN coming to your suburb, all copper wires will be disconnected … potentially leaving you without a back to base fire alarm or emergency lift phone. Our friends at OCN have organised a seminar so you can find out what your building needs to do to ensure contined protection of […]

Cheaper electricity for strata schemes that are pro Choice

Cheaper electricity for strata schemes that are pro Choice

I had no idea about this until a Flatchatter asked if it was real.  It does sound too good to be true, I admit, but our major sponsors Strata Choice have found a way of allowing small strata schemes to band together to get a discount from energy companies. If you don’t believe me. read on.  This […]