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Roundup: Do a flatting friend a favour

Roundup: Do a flatting friend a favour

We all know someone who lives in strata and who is wrestling with some issue or another. And the chances are that, like the good friend that you are, you have suggested they have a look at the Flat Chat website. And they probably say “Yeah, I will” but think “how can a website help […]

What’s welcome when shoes get the boot from lift lobbies?

What’s welcome when shoes get the boot from lift lobbies?

  When a couple of friends moved into their brand new apartment for the first time, they were appalled at what they found outside the other doors in their lift lobby … shoes! Now these people were uber-trendy urbanites with a preference for minimalist design, so the shoes had to go.  But how the shoes […]

Seminar to reveal how maintenance adds value

Seminar to reveal how maintenance adds value

One of the changes built into the new NSW strata laws is a requirement to set up a 10-year maintenance plan, to be reviewed every five years. So, do you have one?  And is it relevant and up to date?  Are you saving up for a rainy day with no idea of when it’s going […]

Roundup: Rogue renovators and your Stratabox answer

Roundup: Rogue renovators and your Stratabox answer

We got a doozy of a post this week from a reader worried that an unauthorised rogue renovator in her block is removing walls and ceilings, which has disconnected the fire alarms. “Would that affect their insurance?” she asked. Hang on a sec.  Did you say unauthorised removal of walls and ceilings? I think there might […]

Website offers Asian investors Airbnb ghost tax get-out

Website offers Asian investors Airbnb ghost tax get-out

Overseas investors are being urged to circumvent the proposed “ghost tax” on empty properties … by listing them as Airbnb lets. The short-term letting management website andchill.com.au this week launched a page under the headline “Avoid the Australian Ghost Tax” and added “we transform your property into a five-star Airbnb”. Another page in Chinese script […]

Roundup: Radio chat finds flaw in holiday let logic

Roundup: Radio chat finds flaw in holiday let logic

If you are as tired of reading about Airbnb as I am of writing about them you won’t get past the end of this sentence. However, this week I was on the James Valentine show on ABC radio doing my usual Q&A on apartment living and we needed to talk about the recent Government decision […]

WIN! Online strata tool that ticks all the boxes

WIN! Online strata tool that ticks all the boxes

The secret to successfully running a strata scheme is remarkably simple –  just know everything that’s going on, all the time. Of course, anyone who has ever been involved in running a block of units, even just as a member of the strata committee, knows that is an overly simple answer to a ridiculously complicated […]

Flat Chat: ‘Ghost’ flats proposal running on empty

Flat Chat: ‘Ghost’ flats proposal running on empty

As much as we are appalled at the thought of brand new apartments lying empty for years, the proposal to tax ‘ghost’ investments – first touted by Labor then slotted into this week’s budget – has a whiff of dog whistle mixed with wishful thinking about it. Do ghost units really exist? Two stories spring […]

Roundup: Are holiday lets worth the hassle?

Roundup: Are holiday lets worth the hassle?

At the risk of quoting myself too extensively, I have been discussing in the forum why some people might find letting  their homes as holiday lets worth the additional hassle, compared with residential lets. I put forward the economic argument motivating those who let their properties via online agencies during the peak holiday months, then […]

Hi-tech security answer to lowlife behaviour

Hi-tech security answer to lowlife behaviour

It’s one of the ironies of strata living that a lot of people choose to live in apartments because of the additional security that locked off floors, electronic access keys and CCTV provide – and that includes drug dealers and other members of the criminal fraternity. So what happens if one of your neighbours is […]