Short-term letting: may the Astroturfing wars begin

Short-term letting: may the Astroturfing wars begin

The key word in the coming months of argy-bargy over the various options in the holiday letting proposals is Astroturfing – meaning a fake grassroots campaign. In an Astroturfing campaign, MPs, journalists and “influencers” will be inundated by highly organised letters and emails, social media posts and in some cases even postcards from overseas, to […]

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Big guns line up to shoot down holiday let legislation

Big guns line up to shoot down holiday let legislation

New holiday letting law proposals have been caught in the crossfire from both online holiday letting agencies – Airbnb and Stayz – which have lined up to shoot down the terms of the discussion paper released today … but from completely different angles. Meanwhile Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has warned the public and his parliamentary […]

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Bans, charges and registration mooted for holiday lets

Bans, charges and registration mooted for holiday lets

The State government will go back to the drawing board on holiday letting when it issues its options paper, which industry insiders say is likely to land tomorrow (Friday 21). As exclusively revealed earlier this year, the Government has already effectively stepped away from most of the findings of the Coure report into holiday letting […]

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Roundup: Car hits wall, insurer slugs tenant. Who pays?

Roundup: Car hits wall, insurer slugs tenant. Who pays?

There’s a post in the Forum this week that should warm the cockles of your heart – but I’m afraid it just has steam coming out of my ears. A resident in a small block crashed their car into a common property wall and knocked it over. The strata insurance company paid up and the wall […]

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Bridging the gap between building and contents insurance

Bridging the gap between building and contents insurance

The perennial argument over who covers the damage in a flat after a domestic disaster, is about to get a lot simpler for some apartment residents. For instance, if a pipe bursts in a common property wall, strata insurance will cover the repair and make-good, but it won’t cover the damage to private property that […]

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OOPS! 10 classic errors strata living newbies make

OOPS! 10 classic errors strata living newbies make

For more than 10 years we have been answering questions and offering advice about apartment living. When we started, apartment residents were in a small minority and it was seen as a poor second choice to owning and living in a house. These days, however, apartments are the first choice for most first-time home owners and […]

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Fair Trading confirms Airbnb by-laws are invalid

Fair Trading confirms Airbnb by-laws are invalid

Following the extended discussions on the validity of by-laws that set out to restrict short-stay letting by invoking the residential-only status of some apartment buildings, we contacted fair Trading to see if they stood by their comments last week. They do.  This is what a spokesperson for Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean wrote […]

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Roundup: A funny thing happened in my building …

Roundup: A funny thing happened in my building …

The last time I was on the James Valentine radio show (and if you missed it you can listen here) he commented that even though he enjoyed our monthly segments, afterwards he always felt a bit depressed. True we were talking about aluminium cladding and the Grenfell fire, and we are usually fielding questions from […]

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Airbnb by-laws: Strata lawyers state their cases

Airbnb by-laws: Strata lawyers state their cases

Six strata law experts give their take on whether we can create by-laws enforcing our residential-only zoning. My story in the Sydney Morning Herald at the weekend about Fair Trading saying you couldn’t have a by-law restricting holiday letting – even if the by-law only said it was supporting your residential-only zoning – put the […]

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Anti-Airbnb by-laws binned by Fair Trading ruling

Anti-Airbnb by-laws binned by Fair Trading ruling

Fair Trading has pulled the rug from under by-laws designed to restrict Airbnb and other short-term letting agencies in residential-only apartment blocks – only your local council can enforce restrictions. All by-laws restricting Airbnb and other short-stay letting in residential-only apartment blocks are invalid, according to NSW Fair Trading. Only weeks before the discussion paper […]

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