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Can by-laws be used to silence angry owners?

Can by-laws be used to silence angry owners?

The irresistible force meets the immovable object – that’s how intractable internal conflicts in strata schemes are often characterised. But a more accurate description might be the megaphone meets the earplugs, as some strata committees are trying to ban owners from contacting them, invoking the old Hollywood casting rejection, “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” […]

Rogue developer gets a reality check

Rogue developer gets a reality check

Regular readers will recall the saga of the rogue developer who basically tried to run his new building to suit himself, with no regard for strata law – and responded aggressively to anyone who tried to do things the right way.  You can read the background here. After months of frustration – and complete lack […]

High-rise fire task force could cost us millions

High-rise fire task force could cost us millions

NSW apartment owners could face bills for millions of dollars if the government launches a task force to identify buildings with potentially fatal aluminium cladding. But NSW high-rise builders responsible for installing the same materials that caused the rapid spread of the Grenfell Tower fire could walk away without it costing them a cent, under […]

Roundup: Who pays when they find danger cladding on your block?

Roundup: Who pays when they find danger cladding on your block?

  The powers that be in the state government aren’t saying much but the plan for a high-rise fire safety task force leaked to the media this weekend is very real and quite scary. We know it’s real because we have been told as much, albeit off the record.  The reason there is no official […]

Why an Aussie high-rise blaze is more likely than not

Why an Aussie high-rise blaze is more likely than not

A perfect storm of shoddy building practices, the fear and ignorance of apartment residents and a history of pro-developer politics means a high-rise building blaze like the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London is almost inevitable here in Australia. With new apartment buildings defects often including missing or faulty fire dampers, there are very real concerns […]

Delayed defects bond not all it’s cracked up to be

Delayed defects bond not all it’s cracked up to be

The delayed 2 percent defects bond maybe not such a good idea after all, says Lannock Finance boss Paul Morton The NSW Government’s deferral of the 2 per cent strata defects bond, due to be implemented on July 1, gives us cause to think about whether the levy is actually such a good idea. The intention […]

Roundup: Recycling Brownie points is not what it’s all about

Roundup: Recycling Brownie points is not what it’s all about

I was amused to read this story in the  Herald online about the Bauhaus building’s recycling initiatives. I don’t begrudge those residents their praise for recycling clothes.  Good on them. But I can’t help thinking, who was handing out their bouquets when my building did it all 15 years ago? Yup, way back then we had […]

How to nail rogue renovators

How to nail rogue renovators

Bang, crash, wallop … drrrrr, brrrrooop, thud-thud-thud. That’s the sound of your weekend when rogue renovators are at work. It’s also a noise that greets way too many strata residents every evening as their DIY obsessed neighbours ignore by-laws and council noise limits while they add value to their homes at the expense of your […]

Roundup: Fixing a hole in the strata-sphere

Roundup: Fixing a hole in the strata-sphere

AS we have said many times in the past, there is a great big hole in the otherwise comprehensive advice offered by Fair Trading to strata residents. We have all sorts of rules and regulations about who can be on strata committees, who can vote, how they should vote, what should be in agendas and […]

Standing orders: Rules for running committees

Standing orders: Rules for running committees

Elsewhere we have discussed the need for rules and guidelines on how to run committees. ‘Standing Orders’ as they are often known, are different from a Code of Conduct in that they provide the nuts and bolts of committee meetings, such as who gets to speak when and how votes are counted. Codes of conduct […]