Roundup: Book now for the fun and factual Strata Matters owners day

Roundup: Book now for the fun and factual Strata Matters owners day

Over here at Flat Chat we’re getting very excited about the Strata Matters owners’ day seminar thingy in a couple of weeks. Yes, we will be talking about cladding, yes we will be talking about short-term letting, and … oh yes … we will be talking about all the crazies, zealots, trouble-makers, know-alls, know-nothing, ignorant, […]

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Hypothetical: Are Airbnb by-laws worth a legal battle?

Hypothetical: Are Airbnb by-laws worth a legal battle?

Things had gone quiet on the Airbnb front, with both NSW and Victorian policy wonks scribbling away on new legislation to deal with online short-term letting. But thanks to one of our eagle-eyed Flatchatters, you can now read the submissions made to the NSW Planning Department’s re-think (including thousands of identical ‘Astroturf’, copy and paste submissions […]

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Four out of five lawyers say yes to Airbnb by-laws

Four out of five lawyers say yes to Airbnb by-laws

Towards the end of last year,  NSW Fair Trading ruled – or, at least, stated since they don’t get to make or interpret the law – that Owners Corporations in NSW could not pass by-laws enforcing their residential only zoning. Since then we’ve had the NCAT ruling in the Woollahra case that overturned a by-law and, […]

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Roundup: How big a deal is the size of your unit?

Roundup: How big a deal is the size of your unit?

Of all the things you might have to sacrifice to be able to afford an apartment to buy or rent, how far down the list would size rate? Less important than a view, or parking or a pool, gym or balcony? The question was brought into stark relief  recently when, according to this story, developer […]

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Click-power a real option as online meetings take off

Click-power a real option as online meetings take off

In the old days, when strata blocks were mostly two or three-storey walk-ups, everybody was on the committee and communication was chats in the hallway and notes slipped under doors. Clearly, in these days of mega-complexes of more than 300 units, that isn’t going to happen.  As a result, meetings become more formal with, sadly, […]

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Roundup: TV, radio, books, Flat Chat Live – it’s strata Showtime!

Roundup: TV, radio, books, Flat Chat Live – it’s strata Showtime!

We’re in the middle a bit of a media frenzy here at Flat Chat HQ.  Last Wednesday I was on TV on Ten’s Studio10 talking about how Kings Cross has changed (and my new book, of course). You can have a look for yourself – and see why I reckon I have a great face […]

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The copy-cat trap: paying for cut and paste by-laws

The copy-cat trap: paying for cut and paste by-laws

  Imagine you have commissioned a photograph of your apartment block from a local artist and they come up with a beautiful image that shows the building to its best advantage, charging you $1000 for the work. You want copies for your eight lift lobbies so the photographer does eight more prints and you get […]

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Strata madness – tell us what’s driving you crazy

Strata madness – tell us what’s driving you crazy

Is something bugging you? I mean, is there anything about living in strata that’s REALLY getting your goat, curdling your blood and leaving your mustard uncut. At the OCN Strata Matters conference (aka Flat Chat Live) next month we’ll be looking at how to deal with owners and committee members who don’t know, don’t care and […]

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Four essential questions for a first AGM

Four essential questions for a first AGM

Strata buildings’ AGMs can happen at virtually any point on the calendar but the beginning of the year is a peak period for those occasionally tempestuous, often tepid, always rare meetings of the owners as a group. And for those of us attending our first AGMs – especially when they are also the first AGMs […]

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Roundup: Flat Chat live is back – better than ever

Roundup: Flat Chat live is back – better than ever

OK, folks, try to contain your excitement but the all-singing, all dancing Flat Chat Live is back on the agenda To be fair, it’s not called that any more, it’s called Strata Matters, it’s at a brand new venue and it’s a very different format, but it’s all on for March 10. The Owners Corporation […]

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