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Flat Chat Forum
Your chance to ask a question, answer one or express an opinion. This independent website is based on the Flat Chat column that appears every Saturday in the Domain section of the Sydney Morning Herald. Most recent postings are at the top, so to get the full story, read from the bottom up.

The Flat Chat column in the Sydney Morning Herald's Domain section receives far too many questions to answer in print. Through this website forum your questions can be answered by me, by industry experts or by other readers who've had similar issues.

A full description of how to register and post to the group can be found by clicking on on the links in the Welcome section (below). They will take you through the process of registering for the forum.

Or you could just browse the Forum and look for similar questions to yours. Either way, I hope you find at least some of the answers you are looking for.

The posts are displayed with the most recent first so if you want to read the whole thread please start at the bottom and work your way up.

This is an independently funded website - please support the strata professionals who support us by clicking on their advertisements - they may have a service that provides the answer to your problems.

Jimmy Thomson, 2012

Welcome
Everything about strata you never knew you needed to ask
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Posts 63
Why register?
Why we need you to register before you can post
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Posts 0
How to register
A simple guide to getting on board
Topics 3
Posts 5
How to post to the forum
A simple guide to getting your message across
Topics 3
Posts 12
How to make the most of this Forum
Keep in touch with what's going on
Topics 6
Posts 35
Beware of the editor!
A couple of cautions.
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Common Property
Who owns what and what can you do
Topics 516
Posts 2547
Executive Committees
Kind hearts and control freaks
Topics 314
Posts 1727
The Professionals
Strata managers, lawyers, building managers etc
Topics 215
Posts 1107
Parking Peeves
One of the great strata issues - how to deal with rogue parkers
Topics 100
Posts 657
Rental rants
Tenants and landlords have their say
Topics 216
Posts 656
Another day in paradise
Odds and ends from daily strata living
Topics 184
Posts 766
By-laws and outlaws
Laws, rule, regulations ... and why people don't read them
Topics 90
Posts 508
Talkin' 'bout a renovation
All about refurbs in your unit ... or your building
Topics 68
Posts 335
Pets: Furry friends ... or fiends?
Animals in apartments and all that entails
Topics 58
Posts 344
Levies and Unit Entitlements
What you pay and why you pay it
Topics 67
Posts 337
CTTT - The Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal
Love it or loathe it, the CTTT decides what's right and who's wrong
Topics 43
Posts 237
New to strata - or just strata-curious
Questions by and advice for newcomers to the wonderful world of strata life
Topics 34
Posts 155
Neighbour noise
Are your neighbours too noisy ... or too nosy?
Topics 64
Posts 364
Hard floors and tough decisions
Stamping out the stomps and clomps
Topics 34
Posts 194
Smoke gets in your eyes
What to do about smoke from neighbours' units, balconies and common property
Topics 26
Posts 129
Buying and Selling
The biggest deal most of us will ever do
Topics 24
Posts 106
Two-unit strata
Duplexes and villas - a problem shared is a problem doubled
Topics 21
Posts 82
Dirty Linen
Drying laundry on balconies - the debate heats up
Topics 6
Posts 87
Proxies - blind faith or good sense?
How many buildings in NSW are run by a few owners with a fistful of proxies? And is it a bad thing?
Topics 16
Posts 67
Company Title
And you thought strata law was complicated ...
Topics 12
Posts 25
Community Title
Community, Precinct and Neighbourhood Associations - it's strata-like, Jim, but not as we know it.
Topics 3
Posts 9
Is it really easy being green?
Your questions about greening your building - answered by people who know what they're talking about.
Topics 12
Posts 62
Surveys and information wanted
Every so often somebody, somewhere needs information that only strata residents can provide. If you want to contribute, or if you need help, this is the place to start.
Topics 16
Posts 43
Why I love apartment living
It's not all doom and gloom and apartment living can be great when you get it right. Can't it? Say something positive right here.
Topics 5
Posts 10
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Executive Committee Corner
A special section for Flat Chat readers who are on ECs or plan to join them

This section is primarily for those who are on Executive Committees and who want advice on how best to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities. Anyone can read the postings but we would ask individual owners or those with questions about their own properties to restrict their involvement to the Flat Chat Basics Forum

Building and maintenance
The buck stops here - you have to look after the building ... it's the law
Topics 49
Posts 276
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Posts 27
By-laws and breaches
How to enforce your by-laws and change them if you need to
Topics 19
Posts 84
Strata managers
What strata managers do - and what you nneed them to do
Topics 41
Posts 238
Building managers
On-site or off, the people who keep things going ... or not
Topics 5
Posts 19
Budgets & Levies
Advice on how to balance your budgets and keep your levies to the minimum while maintining your sinking funds
Topics 1
Posts 4
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NSW Strata Law Reform Position Paper
Below are the 70 different proposals published in the Position Paper released on November 14, 2013. Scroll down if you want to participate in the normal Flat Chat Forum which is below this Strata Law Review forum.

We have presented the different topics of the proposed changes to the NSW strata laws so they can be read and discussed item by item. The wording is exactly as presented in Fair Trading's position paper (although some explanatory preambles have been removed). Please comment on the topics by replying to them individually, rather than starting separate discussions on a new topic. You can open up a section (or forum) to reveal its topics by clicking on it heading. After that just click on 'reply' to make a comment on a proposal.

Governance
From proxy farming to conflicts of interest, who can be on the committee, who can't and how many members you can have - it's all here
Topics 28
Posts 100
Buildings, defects and common property
The NSW Government says it is actively pursuing reform in this area on a number of fronts. The reforms underway to planning laws will seek to improve building standards and certification, and reforms to home building laws will see improvements to statutory warranty, dispute resolution and home warranty insurance arrangements.
Topics 22
Posts 43
Levies and budgets
Many disputes in strata schemes centre on money. Submissions argued that the law needs to provide greater fairness, transparency and accountability when it comes to the way money is managed. These reforms seek to address this without placing too heavy a burden on the people who administer the scheme’s funds.
Topics 8
Posts 13
By-laws
The by-laws of a strata scheme are a set of rules that govern behaviour and the use of common property by residents. All strata schemes are subject to a set of by-laws, which must be lodged with the Registrar General.
Topics 16
Posts 61
Managing disputes
There will always be disputes in strata schemes. Strata living means that people with diverse interests and ideas live in close contact with one another. Most of the time disputes are resolved by talking with each other about the problem and through developing tolerance and an understanding of others’ views. However, there are times when disputes can only be resolved with outside help
Topics 10
Posts 16
General comments
While we would prefer you to keep comments about specific proposals in the section created for them, you may have comments about the whole thrust of the proposed changes or broad areas of concern and this may be the place to air them. Otherwise, pleas scroll down and find the items you are interested in and click on the reply button there. You can open a Forum to read its topics by clicking on its title.
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