Debt dodgers beware

The unpaid levies scandal has taken a comic turn around one well-known Eastern Suburbs building with an apartment owner who owes nearly $15,000 to his Owners Corporation scuttling in the…

Wheelchair access

Sometimes in this job you need the wisdom of Solomon – but mostly you only need to know when to the pass the buck. This week’s curly question is one…

Value of votes

There is a basic and fairly pragmatic principle that guides the running of strata plans and that is “user pays”. At the heart of this concept are your unit entitlements,…

Good Guys, Bad Guys

I’ve been taken to task by a couple of readers who challenge two of my assertions: that short-term rentals are a bad thing; and that investor owners are generally worse…

FlatRats 2005

We FlatChatters love living in apartments – so much so that we even put up with the cheats, chisellers, hedonists, misanthropes, selfish scumbags and assorted lying rodents who’ve attached themselves…

Levies cheats make a mint

Just when you think you’ve heard everything in the world of apartment living, another sleazy little scam comes to light. The latest trick by apartment parasites is to withhold their…

Detested investors

I never fail to be amazed by readers stories about how the selfish schemers in this world make life difficult for the rest of us. Entries for our New Laws…

Heartbreak Hotel

When we published our book Apartment Living, Sue Williams and I were accused of being conspiracy theorists because we highlighted the ways that residents of new apartment blocks can get…

Trouble In Paradise

You’d think life in a small strata complex of town houses near a beach was a little slice of the Aussie dream. But it has turned into a nightmare for…

Balcony Ins and Outs

In recent years, Sydney has gone balcony crazy with residential blocks being designed with that “resort lifestyle” in mind. It’s a fairly recent trend. Contrast Harry Seidler’s Blues Point Tower…

Get Noticed!

If you truly want a sense of community in your building – or even if you just want the building to function effectively – the place to start is your…