Strata battles: Know when it’s time to stop fighting

Strata battles: Know when it’s time to stop fighting

Q: What’s the phrase that lawyers love to hear most?  A: ‘It’s a matter of principle.’ Yes, even better than ‘you win’, according to that old joke, a battle fought on principle soon rides roughshod over common sense and logic while racking up the billable hours. Nowhere is that more evident than in apartment living. […]

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Roundup: Chance to take your disputes to a TV reality show

Roundup: Chance to take your disputes to a TV reality show

The TV reality show Judge Judy and its imitators are based on a fairly simple premise –  two parties with seemingly intractable problems face each other in front of a no-nonsense adjudicator who applies several decades of judicial experience and a searing level of sarcasm to their relatively mundane disputes. The appeal to participants is […]

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Airbnb fury as tenants claim survey findings were misconstrued

Airbnb fury as tenants claim survey findings were misconstrued

by Jimmy Thomson and Sue Williams The influential tenants’ group behind a study frequently used by Airbnb to justify the spread of short-term holiday letting in NSW says  its research has been misconstrued by the online letting agency.Tenants Union of NSW officials accused Airbnb of cherry-picking the findings to support  its case and denied that they see no problem in […]

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Roundup: Airbnb’s MP mates offer a crumb of discomfort

Roundup: Airbnb’s MP mates offer a crumb of discomfort

Finally we get the Government’s short-term letting laws – or at least the proposals – and they turn out to be little more than a “surrender tackle” on Airbnb with a half-hearted and possibly half-baked plan to allow owners corporations to pass by-laws restricting short-term letting of whole apartments.  To be fair, the last-minute allowance for strata schemes […]

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Sydney MP’s ‘quasi-hotel’ fears for city apartment blocks

Sydney MP’s ‘quasi-hotel’ fears for city apartment blocks

Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney, welcomed moves towards a model that would give apartment communities some say on short term letting in their buildings, but said that changes do not go far enough to protect buildings from turning into quasi hotels because owners’ corporations will have no say when short term letting is less […]

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