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Roundup: Who pays when a party trashes your Airbnb let?

Roundup: Who pays when a party trashes your Airbnb let?

Toilet blockages, carpet burns and broken bed legs; these are just some of the accidents hitting holiday rental hosts according to new data released this week. And many hosts are finding that their home and contents insurance doesn’t cover them for damage casued during holiday lets A survey of more than 1,000 Australians by insurance […]

Who’s really got your back in strata battles?

Who’s really got your back in strata battles?

Everybody’s got somebody out there on the barricades or in the trenches, fighting the good fight on their behalf. Drivers have the motoring organisations while cyclists and pedestrians have their lobby groups. Trades unions look after the workers and there’s a whole raft of think tanks and pressure groups for everyone from bankers, doctors and […]

Roundup: Time we took a closer look … at us

Roundup: Time we took a closer look … at us

There are lies, damned lies and then statistics, the old saying goes. And then, to compound the mendacity, there’s what politicians and journalists do with them. I love stats.  My favourite joke is: “The world is divided into two kinds of people, the kind who divide the world into two kinds of people and the […]

Defects bond?  Jail the dodgy developers!

Defects bond? Jail the dodgy developers!

This post, an expanded version of last week’s roundup intro, appeared in this form in the Australian Financial Review. Happy New Year! Two pieces of legislation came into force as the bells rang out across Australia (at half-hourly intervals) this week. The first, which applies nationally, limits the tax deductions you can make for travel […]

ROUNDUP: New laws – the good news and the bad

ROUNDUP: New laws – the good news and the bad

Happy New Year! Two pieces of legislation come into play today. The first sees the long-awaited defects bond for new apartment blocks come into effect. The other sees what seems to be a backdated limit on claiming travel expenses for managing your investment property. The defects bond means that developers have to deposit two percent […]

Party on … without making your neighbours hate you

Party on … without making your neighbours hate you

It’s probably a little late in the day for this – it appeared in the Flat Chat slot in the Australian Financial Review last week –  but it applies to every party so you might keep it in mind for your next soiree. Fireworks, dancing, drinking, super-surged Ubers, singing the only five words of Auld […]

Roundup:  Why the Law Lords’ ruling on Airbnb really matters

Roundup: Why the Law Lords’ ruling on Airbnb really matters

Just when I thought I was going to get to 2018 without mentioning Airbnb again, the Privy Council in London goes and stuffs things up – but in a good way. As other posts on this website (and this story in the SMH) reveal, Law Lords in the UK have unanimously ruled that a residential-only […]

Time to chuck another Aussie tradition on the barbie

Time to chuck another Aussie tradition on the barbie

Here’s a question for everyone who is getting their teeshirts in a twist over flammable cladding:  Would you give up having barbecues on your balconies if it meant you didn’t have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to replace the nasty stuff on your apartment block walls? If our state governments say all they […]

Airbnb: ‘It’s about planning – not by-laws’

Airbnb: ‘It’s about planning – not by-laws’

DR Cathy Sherry of  the Law department of UNSW was quoted in the Privy Council findings. Ironically, she doesn’t think allowing by-laws to restrict holiday lets is not the answer. I am familiar with the appeal having talked to Tom Bacon about it and listened to the PC hearing online. The decision is not directly applicable […]

Law Lords’ ruling a major blow for holiday lets

Law Lords’ ruling a major blow for holiday lets

A legal ruling in London could bolster legal defences against court challenges to anti-holiday letting by-laws.  Strata lawyer Tom Bacon explains … Britain’s Privy Council has unanimously ruled that owners corporations may enforce by-laws to restrict short-term letting for stays of less than 30 days. In the final appeal in a case brought by The […]