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Flat Chat Forum
Your chance to ask or answer questions about strata - or just read how other people are dealing with problems you may have.

Welcome to the Flat Chat Forum where your questions can be answered by me, industry experts or other readers who've had similar issues.

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How to use this forum
A simple guide to getting your message across
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Common Property
Who owns what and what can you do
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Strata Committees
Kind hearts and control freaks
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Posts 3193
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Another day in paradise
Odds and ends from daily strata living
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The Professionals
Strata managers, lawyers, building managers etc
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Posts 1571
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By-laws and outlaws
Laws, rule, regulations ... and why people don't read them
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Posts 927
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Rental rants
Tenants and landlords have their say
Topics 292
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Parking Peeves
One of the great strata issues - how to deal with rogue parkers
Topics 142
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Talkin' 'bout a renovation
All about refurbs in your unit ... or your building
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Levies and Unit Entitlements
What you pay and why you pay it
Topics 116
Posts 654
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Pets: Furry friends ... or fiends?
Animals in apartments and all that entails
Topics 98
Posts 567
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Airbnb and other short-term lets
When holiday and weekend rentals are no fun for the unit block neighbours
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Posts 264
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Forced sales - the 75 percent solution
NSW's plans to allow 75 percent of strata owners to force the others to sell their homes for redevelopment
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NCAT - the NSW Tribunal
Love it or loathe it, NCAT (NSW Civil Administration Tribunal) decides what's right and who's wrong
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New to strata - or just strata-curious
Questions by and advice for newcomers to the wonderful world of strata life
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Neighbour noise
Are your neighbours too noisy ... or too nosy?
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Hard floors and tough decisions
Stamping out the stomps and clomps
Topics 52
Posts 296
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Smoke gets in your eyes
What to do about smoke from neighbours' units, balconies and common property
Topics 37
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Buying and Selling
The biggest deal most of us will ever do
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Two-unit strata
Duplexes and villas - a problem shared is a problem doubled
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Dirty Linen
Drying laundry on balconies - the debate heats up
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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?
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Company Title
And you thought strata law was complicated ...
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Community Title
Community, Precinct and Neighbourhood Associations - it's strata-like, Jim, but not as we know it.
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Is it really easy being green?
Your questions about greening your building - answered by people who know what they're talking about.
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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.
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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.
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Flat Chat Live
This Forum is now closed for new posts. You can still read previous posts but to raise new issues, please find the appropriate sub-forum from the list above. These were questions and answers from Flat Chat Live, 2014.
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Finance, budgetting and loans
Everything you need to know about
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Victoria
Strata law is different in every Australian state and nowhere more so than Victoria. If you live there, this is where your questions should be asked
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Pets
Beloved companion animals or nasty noisy smelly pests - you be the judge
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Parking
One of the perennial sources of disputes in strata - flatchatters, start your engines
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Parties ... and other neighbour noise
What to do when your neighbour turns the volume up to 11
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Committees and professionals
The people who run your lives ... for better or worse
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And the rest ...
Everything not covered by the above
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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

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Building and maintenance
The buck stops here - you have to look after the building ... it's the law
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By-laws and breaches
How to enforce your by-laws and change them if you need to
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Strata managers
What strata managers do - and what you nneed them to do
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Building managers
On-site or off, the people who keep things going ... or not
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Budgets & Levies
Advice on how to balance your budgets and keep your levies to the minimum while maintining your sinking funds
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Strata Law Reforms
90 different changes to NSW strata law were passed by Parliament and will come into force in mid 2016. This forum was based on proposals first mooted in 2013. We will be updating them with the actual law changes as we get closer to their implementation. Meanwhile, feel free to ask questions and comment

We originally presented the different topics of the proposed changes to the NSW strata laws so they could be read and discussed item by item.

In opening this up for further discussion, we have maintained the original proposals and structure as many of the changes are subtle if not slight. Where the incoming laws vary from what was proposed back in 2013, we'll signal that as clearly as we can.

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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