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Roundup: On radio and in the forum, questions keep coming

Roundup: On radio and in the forum, questions keep coming

We were on radio again for the first time for a while last week and we had our usual crop of confused, angry, irritated and frustrated flat owners. One bloke wanted to know if his strata committee was allowed to fine him for late and non-payment of his strata levies, while another asked if it […]

What exactly is common property … and what isn’t?

What exactly is common property … and what isn’t?

‘How come the inside of my front door isn’t but the outside is?’ ‘If the paint on my walls is my responsibility, what about the tiles in my bathroom?’ The Flat Chat Forum gets no end of posts asking us what is and what isn’t common property. Since, for reasons best known to themselves, Strata Community […]

Vive la Revolution … why strata heads must eventually roll

Vive la Revolution … why strata heads must eventually roll

Appropriately, with Bastille Day just behind us, we turn our thoughts this week to revolution.  And while employing Madame Guillotine might seem a little excessive (if tempting), there comes a point tin the history of most strata schemes when change is long overdue. After 15 years of writing about apartment living, observing ordinary people trying […]

Loan help for schemes hit by cladding insurance hikes

Loan help for schemes hit by cladding insurance hikes

A shock rise in strata insurance premiums due to risks associated with flammable cladding has left many apartment owners struggling to meet price hikes, says owners corporation finance lender Lannock Strata Finance. And some strata schemes are at risk of having their obligatory insurance cover cancelled for late payment – meaning owners could be hit […]

ROUNDUP: Signs of the times as OCN gets a boost

ROUNDUP: Signs of the times as OCN gets a boost

Last week, after our story about the Owners Corporation Network, more than 500 of you went over to their website and had a look around.  What a terrific response! Now, I know signing up to the OCN is a commitment that you might have to take to your committee and all that jazz (although you […]