Roundup: 20,000 reasons anonymity is the best policy

Roundup: 20,000 reasons anonymity is the best policy

While we have all been off worrying about short-term letting and inflammable cladding, something quite remarkable has happened – the Flat Chat Forum has just quickly ticked over its 20,000th post. Now bearing in mind that our posters have to be real people, rather than Russian ‘bots’ artificially increasing the click rate by the millions, […]

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Woman who made $13,000 on Airbnb gets by-law overturned

Woman who made $13,000 on Airbnb gets by-law overturned

Hold on to your sun-hats! The NSW strata tribunal has overturned a by-law that attempted to ban Airbnb-style holiday lets in a Sydney Eastern Suburbs apartment block. In what’s thought to be the first case of its kind, the NSW Civil Administration Tribunal (NCAT) has ruled that strata owners can’t pass by-laws banning short-term lets, […]

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Roundup: The power of doing absolutely nothing

Roundup: The power of doing absolutely nothing

Sometimes in my idle moments – not that there are many of them –  I think about writing a book on the power of doing nothing. I’m sure it would be a runaway best-seller in the apparently insatiable management  and self-improvement niche. The basic premise would be that, in the face of conflicting pressures – […]

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Owners left to pick up tab in flammable cladding crisis

Owners left to pick up tab in flammable cladding crisis

The convenor of last month’s Strata Fire Safety Forum says government failure to deal with problems associated with non-complying aluminium cladding has left strata owners to pick up the tab for a problem created by others. Paul Morton, managing director of strata loans company (and long-time Flat Chat sponsors) Lannock Strata Finance, said the failures […]

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Savvy strata seminar to answer burning questions

Savvy strata seminar to answer burning questions

This event has now been cancelled – tickets will be refunded. Good news for those of you who have been hanging out for Flat Chat Live, it’s not exactly the whole FCL extravaganza, but the Owners Corporation Network has asked me to MC their all-day Savvy Strata seminar next month. They say will be a […]

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Tall tales but true: High-rise horror and hilarity

Tall tales but true: High-rise horror and hilarity

Over the years, the Flat Chat column and website has told some high-rise horror stories.  Some are hilarious, others are horrendous. Here’s a selection of the best of the worst and how they might have been avoided. Confession:  This contribution to the AFR has appeared in various forms elsewhere, so if you think you’ve read […]

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Roundup:  $130k legal bill for a lawless committee

Roundup:  $130k legal bill for a lawless committee

It was back in April that Whoopi wrote to us about her legal battles with her committee which at that stage had cost her $30,000 and she expected to go up to $60k. She finally won at tribunal the other week, by which time the legal bill – which will now have to be paid […]

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Poor hosts scared by ‘hurtful’ comments, says Airbnb

Poor hosts scared by ‘hurtful’ comments, says Airbnb

Well, I finaly got round to writing my response to the Short Term Holiday Letting Positions paper. However, my intended short and pithy one-pager turned out to be six pages and 2500 words long. If you really want to read it, you will find it here. Meanwhile, if Airbnb are as good as their word, […]

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Business skills that can spell strife in strata

Business skills that can spell strife in strata

You might think that all those skills you acquired climbing the business ladder and studying for your MBA make you the perfect candidate for your strata committee. But while some attributes help in both fields, others have serious downsides that can lead to strata disaster. Here are a few flaws and a couple of strengths […]

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Threats as bully builder is balked

Threats as bully builder is balked

It’s nice to bring a happy conclusion to a story, albeit one that we thought was over and done with ages ago. Regular readers may remember the story of the North Coast builder-developer who decided he wanted a nice apartment with oceans views – and that a dozen or so other people should pay for […]

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