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Strata owners fear insurance bills as much as cladding fires

Strata owners fear insurance bills as much as cladding fires

By Sue Williams Apartment owners whose buildings are covered with inflammable cladding are living in as much fear of insurance hikes as they are of fires, says a leading strata owners campaigner. And there’s no escape as they find themselves trapped between the legal obligation to insure their buildings, and insurers’ increased premiums and excesses […]

Roundup: Seven tricky questions for the strata experts

Roundup: Seven tricky questions for the strata experts

OK, we’ve only a few days to go until Strata Matters (aka Flat Chat Live) the OCN owners day so I thought I’d give you a taste of the questions that I will be asking our strata experts on Saturday (March 10). It won’t be just these questions, of course – this will just be […]

Fire safety questions have a surprisingly simple answer

Fire safety questions have a surprisingly simple answer

Last week we looked at fire ordinances and old apartment blocks, but recent headlines have mostly been about shiny new buildings and the flammable cladding that makes them look so sleek and modern. The Grenfell Tower fire in London last June, in which more than 80 people died, spread so rapidly because of the cladding […]

How not to get your fingers burned over fire safety

How not to get your fingers burned over fire safety

Considering how few fatalities there are in apartment fires, the dangers from unit block blazes do seem to occupy a lot of bureaucratic brain space. On the other hand, it could be that the diligence that may seem intrusive and excessive at times, is the reason you are less likely to perish in an apartment […]

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, […]