We reckon this year in strata is going to be a big one across the nation.
Our big campaign this year is going to be about embedded networks – where developers get infrastructure installed for free provided they can dupe their purchasers into signing up for inflated maintenance contracts. The developers get a freebie and the owners get the bill, several times over.
It’s wrong in so many ways, and we want it stopped.
Also, this year NSW will finally see the introduction of the short-term letting laws, complete with fire regulations and a register of holiday properties.
Naturally, Airbnb hasn’t given up the fight – the spin, misinformation and fact massaging continues unabated – and it will be interesting to see if our state government has the cojones to put them back in their box.
Down in Victoria, they will be bringing in their revised strata laws, which will make for some interesting developments. And they will also be fronting up to the devastating effects of their “come on down” policies of short-term letting on strata communities.
From what I hear, the Andrews government despises strata owners – they see everyone as horrible capitalist investors – and has little concern for apartment residents, including renters, lacking the wit or wisdom to see the knock-on effects of their “more liberal than Liberal” policies.
As usual, it’s the punters who suffer while Victoria rakes in the tourist dollars and tells everyone how clever they are.
In Queensland, we hear that strata owners there have had it with their adjudication regime – which they say relentlessly supports the fundamentally corrupt on-site management sale and pre-sale system, regardless of the merits of any case brought agains managers – and are now planning to take their issues directly to court where at least some form of justice will prevail.
Meanwhile, here at Flat Chat we will continue to try to bring you our particular insight into what’s happening in Strataland, while answering your questions as best we can.
And the Flat Chat Wrap podcast will be back, punchier, funnier and more controversial than ever.
It’s going to be big year for us all, so strap yourselves in – it could be a bumpy ride.