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Strata strife: The not-so gentle art of complaining

Strata strife: The not-so gentle art of complaining

If you live in an apartment, sooner or later you are going to want to complain. Whether it’s about the noise from next door, or the smoke from the barbie down below or the cretin who continually parks in your parking spot “because you weren’t using it” you will inevitably want to have a word […]

ROUNDUP: We are flat-dwellers – hear us roar!

ROUNDUP: We are flat-dwellers – hear us roar!

Did you know we are a whole new tribe, we flat-dwellers? According to this story in the Sydney Morning Herald we, as a group,  have different attitudes from the rest of Australian society. The 2017 Sydney Lifestyle Study, commissioned by property developer pressure group Urban Taskforce Australia, used 2016 census data and a surveyed 1500 households […]

ROUNDUP: Fun and games in mad rush to rebuild stadium

ROUNDUP: Fun and games in mad rush to rebuild stadium

  The NSW Government has been running around like mad things for the past couple of weeks. Every day, my inbox is clogged with press releases about things in which I have zero interest (while the stuff I do care about often doesn’t reach me). But if they’re not planning to knock down and rebuild […]

Holiday letting threat to MPs who vote for restrictions

Holiday letting threat to MPs who vote for restrictions

As NSW edges towards changing its planning laws to accommodate Airbnb, and other states wait to see what form that takes, are we finally seeing shark teeth behind the online holiday letting agency’s broad Californian smile? Last month (November) it was reported in another newspaper – and only there – that an Airbnb “survey” warned […]

Victorian government tweaks pro-Airbnb proposals

Victorian government tweaks pro-Airbnb proposals

The Victorian government has stopped short of recommending that the state’s Owners Corporations be able to limit short-term holiday letting in apartment buildings. Instead it says the proposals for fines and bans in the original Bill should be given the chance to work, with a review in two years. Meanwhile the government has renewed its […]

Knotted no more – but are by-law fines enough?

Knotted no more – but are by-law fines enough?

Finally, I get it.  Yes, there is no longer a financial penalty for ignoring an NCAT order relating to a by-law breach. However, that doesn’t mean that repeat offenders are free to keep offending. With a maximum fine $1100 for a first offence, and $2,200 for repeat offences within 12 months, there is a significant deterrent […]

Jon Faine skewers Airbnb as ‘parasites and predators’

Jon Faine skewers Airbnb as ‘parasites and predators’

Finally, the mainstream media is not buying the Airbnb BS.  Have a listen to the the $30 billion global letting agency’s talking head Brent Thomas squirm as ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine nails them on their failure to pay tax in Australia. “If I was the Premier, I would refuse to meet you,” has to be […]

ROUNDUP:  Tying myself in knots over NCAT loophole

ROUNDUP: Tying myself in knots over NCAT loophole

Bear with me folks, because the so-called strataguru is stumped. A couple of weeks ago my colleague and partner Sue Williams wrote this story that basically said the whole strata by-law breach fines system had a massive hole in it. Specifically, it claimed that an NCAT senior member had said the Tribunal did not have the […]

‘Time running out for cladding claims’ – lawyer

‘Time running out for cladding claims’ – lawyer

The clock is ticking for strata owners if they are to have any hope of getting the people responsible for illegal composite aluminium cladding on their buildings to pay for the repairs.  David Bannerman,  a strata and construction lawyer who co-convened the Strata Fire Safety Forum with Lannock Strata Finance, says statutory warranties are complicated […]

The neighbours are revolting: how to organise a strata coup

The neighbours are revolting: how to organise a strata coup

As I sat, just last week, preparing to return to Sydney from Saigon, I was surrounded by posters celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Russian revolution. Back in Strataland, I know from many posts to this website, a strata coup is being plotted somewhere every day. But how do you get rid of one chairperson, […]