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Airbnb battle moves to Queensland … and Edinburgh

Airbnb battle moves to Queensland … and Edinburgh

The debate over the spread of short-term holiday lets and the restriction on it  – or lack of them – has quietened down a little in NSW  with the announcement of the new laws. But the battle rages on elsewhere. For instance, apartment owners in Queensland are getting agitated about the untrammelled spread of holiday […]

Shock of the new – is your block ready for electric cars?

Shock of the new – is your block ready for electric cars?

You’ve probably seen them in your car park; power points on the odd pillar or wall and a cable snaking off towards the bonnet of a car, where it’s attached to a trickle charger for the vehicle’s battery. Strictly speaking, these residents are stealing owners corporation electricity but the costs are negligible – barely worth […]

Live where you love, buy where you can afford

Live where you love, buy where you can afford

There are few feelings of financial disappointment greater than scrimping and saving (not to mention begging and borrowing) for a deposit only to see the prospects of living where you want, in a style to which you aspire, disappear over the affordability horizon. Even worse, your desperation to get a toehold in the property market can […]

How the cost of hard floors can go through the ceiling

How the cost of hard floors can go through the ceiling

When you live in a concrete and glass tower, putting down a timber floor can have a softening, humanising effect. On the other hand, tiles are more durable and easier to clean than carpet, a consideration if you’re letting the unit out.  And imagine the delight of owners in older apartments, when they discover wooden floorboards that have […]

Roundup: Who will stand up to the holiday letting liars?

Roundup: Who will stand up to the holiday letting liars?

The evidence is stacking up that Airbnb and the other short-term letting agencies have persuaded the majority of our MPs that they should be allowed to operate unhindered by any concern for what they are doing to our fledgling communities.  The brass neck of the Airbnb spin doctors is breath-taking.  Give us the same rules that they have in […]