Window lock shock – you must install but you can remove

Window lock shock – you must install but you can remove

Following the tragic events in Bankstown recently, when two young children fell three storeys from an apartment block window, there has been a lot of discussion on Flat Chat about the new strata laws compelling owners to fit window locks. Strata Owners Corporations have exactly one year, until March 12, 2018, to comply with the […]

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Selling sharing: Airbnb facts, figures and flim-flam

Selling sharing: Airbnb facts, figures and flim-flam

Airbnb and the battle for your block: Last week Jimmy Thomson looked at how some politicians have been seduced by the myth that online short-stay letting agencies bring nothing but good to the community.  This week he examines the biggest player of them all, Airbnb, and how the spin from the $50 billion corporation is often […]

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Denial and delay won’t cure concrete cancer

Denial and delay won’t cure concrete cancer

Ignoring the health of your building isn’t bizarre behaviour, says one of Australia’s leading experts on concrete cancer. In fact it’s totally in line with the way we view our own health and well-being. “Just like with tell-tale signs in our own bodies, we tend to try to ignore physical problems in apartment blocks and […]

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Flat Chat name-checked in Parliament (with video)

Flat Chat name-checked in Parliament (with video)

Flat Chat was named in Parliament today – in a good way. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich asked the new Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean if the government would take steps to protect strata residents by allowing us to pass by-laws restricting Airbnb. Not only did he say he, like many other members, were […]

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Roundup: The naked truth about a backyard nudist

Roundup: The naked truth about a backyard nudist

There’s an odd little question in this week’s Forum, and one that I admit I didn’t take seriously at first. See, this bloke likes to get his kit off in the privacy of his own garden, blocked off from prying eyes by high fences and the house itself. Nobody’s bothered because nobody can see him. […]

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Dish the data … save the planet … win $200

Dish the data … save the planet … win $200

Did you know that, despite the fact that we share a lot of services,  apartment blocks tend to be less right-on than stand-alone houses when it comes to the environment? It’s all those lifts, internal lights that are on all day, air-conditioning, ventilation fans and the fact that you have to pump water up anywhere […]

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Politicians and the myth of the vomiting bridesmaid

Politicians and the myth of the vomiting bridesmaid

Airbnb and the battle for your blocks: Part 3 Last week Jimmy Thomson looked at the appeal of “free money” and the push to allow holiday rentals to have greater access to apartment blocks with little concern for the potential disruption to communities. This week he examines why some MPs find the idea so attractive when […]

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Monster utes – it’s not the width, it’s the length

Monster utes – it’s not the width, it’s the length

  Have you noticed a lot of giant ‘crew cab’ utes around recently? Those big four-door 4WDs with a short cargo tray tacked on the back? Australians bought more than 42,000 Toyota Hilux last year – making it Australia’s top-selling vehicle. Add in nearly 37,000 Ford Rangers and 22,000 Mitsubishi Tritons, plus all the other […]

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Roundup: Space invading giant utes all the rage

Roundup: Space invading giant utes all the rage

Is it getting a bit squeezy in your car park?  If it isn’t it soon will be.  The biggest selling vehicle in Australia last year was the giant Toyota Hilux “crew cab” utility – the one with four doors and a rear tray. And now we hear Mercedes is planning to launch its own tradie […]

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Airbnb: Free Money and Castles in the Air

Airbnb: Free Money and Castles in the Air

Airbnb and the battle for your block: Part 2 Last week Jimmy Thomson looked at the growth of Airbnb and the opportunity and potential threats it presents to apartment residents.  This week he looks at the appeal of “free money” and why some owners, tenants and legislators are hell-bent on allowing holiday rentals to have […]

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