Strata bullies and how to shut them up

Strata bullies and how to shut them up

How do you stop a loud-mouthed bully from dominating a strata committee? You know the type; they assume their way is the only way and shout and scream like a spoiled child – or sneer sarcastically like a pantomime villain – when anyone suggests an alternative. Free and energetic discussion is to be encouraged, but […]

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Are these the right rules for your committee?

Are these the right rules for your committee?

You can’t expect people to play by the rules if they don’t know what the rules are. So we have devised a code of conduct for anyone that might want to adopt some rules for their own committees. Before we go any further, you should know that these are not prescriptive. They are a starting […]

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Roundup:  Doing it tough in the Old Dart too

Roundup: Doing it tough in the Old Dart too

On a working trip to the UK, I am struck by a story that featured on the TV news this morning about housing affordability. Yep, it’s happening over here too. One of the big banks has done an analysis that shows that fewer people own their own homes than since the 1980s and even those […]

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Strata squatters and illegal land grabs

Strata squatters and illegal land grabs

Of all the twisted skeins of flawed logic that wind through Strataland, the land grab is one of the most popular, applying ‘common sense’ to common property and coming up with something akin to fraud and theft. “I have a piece of open ground outside my ground floor window,” goes the thought process, “no one […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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