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Not in our block: Airbnb shock in Sydney city survey

Not in our block: Airbnb shock in Sydney city survey

It’s not exactly a U-turn but City of Sydney seem likely to make a significant shift in their thinking about short-term holiday letting in apartment buildings. And it’s all because they have taken the radical step of asking apartment owners and residents (including tenants) what they think. It’s safe to say the results are not […]

Roundup: How to get rid of rusted-on office-bearers

Roundup: How to get rid of rusted-on office-bearers

One of the perennial problems discussed in the Flat Chat Forum is the issue of rusted-on  office-bearers who aren’t performing all that well but won’t let anyone else’s hands anywhere near the levers of power. They start off wanting to help their communities but end up genuinely believing that the place would fall apart if […]

Rental data reveals … not a lot, really

Rental data reveals … not a lot, really

Here at Flat Chat we are all in favour of transparency and freely available information.  But we’ re scratching our heads at the latest step in that direction by the NSW department of Innovation and Better Regulation, As you will read from the material below, you can now access raw data about the rental bonds […]

Holiday lets – the sound and the fury

Holiday lets – the sound and the fury

With a Sydney University report out last week claiming that holiday rentals are having a significant and negative impact on the residential housing market, whether you are a resident owner of an apartment, or an investor, you should be concerned about what is happening with holiday rental laws in Australia. Both state parliaments in NSW […]

Roundup: Neighbour dug a secret cellar under her flat – then sold it

Roundup: Neighbour dug a secret cellar under her flat – then sold it

Just when you think it’s safe to dig through the latest posts to the Flat Chat forum, somebody comes up with a question that makes you go WHAT!?! But then, even when you think you know the answer, out of left field comes a Flatchatter with a different view and, well, sometimes it’s a whole […]

New options put renters first in housing affordability

New options put renters first in housing affordability

There are two new buzz-phrases in the housing affordability lexicon – ‘build-to-rent’ and ‘rent-to-own’. Build-to-rent and rent-to-own are at opposite ends of the housing culture spectrum but both are being touted as potential answers to the problem of too many people not being able to afford to live where they want in our cities. Build-to-rent […]

Roundup: Mystery tapping had a criminal cause

Roundup: Mystery tapping had a criminal cause

Tap, tap, tap. The sound had been driving neighbours mad. Every night from midnight for several hours, the people in one of the top floor flats would come home and it would start: tap, tap, tap, tap, tap … People complained. They’d bang on the door but no one ever came although the tapping would […]

How I failed to stay calm and write a submission on Airbnb

How I failed to stay calm and write a submission on Airbnb

The NSW state government has called for submissions responding to their Options Paper on legislation to govern the rapid expansion of short-term holiday letting in residential homes. My view of the short-term holiday letting (STHL) debate is quite simple – give Airbnb exactly what they say they want. I chose my words very carefully there […]

Is flammable cladding such a big deal after all?

Is flammable cladding such a big deal after all?

The NSW state government has sent out the first 800 letters to apartment buildings to find out which of them has dangerous inflammable cladding.  What happens if you say yes?  are we facing huge bills to remove and replace? We reckon behaviour is just as important as building specifications when it comes to fires The […]

Roundup: Daylight robbery by commercial lot owners

Roundup: Daylight robbery by commercial lot owners

Think things are less-than-perfect in your strata scheme? There’s a full-blown nightmare scenario happening right now in Sydney city. The scheme is dominated by commercial lots that have somehow (probably with the help of the developer) set things up so that the residential owners pay a big chunk of the bills for the commercial lots. […]