Premium dilemma

QUESTION: I insure my investment unit with a landlords insurance policy covering contents damage, personal liability and loss of rent. The contents have been ‘written down’ to an amount  where…

Rent reduction removed

QUESTION:  My bedroom ceiling developed a leak from common property and there was water damage to the walls.  My landlord but did nothing so I called Fair Trading and they…

Snake in the strata

QUESTION: I’ve just rented found a fabulous new flat but  the lease says I need the landlord’s permission to have a pet and the building has a by-law that restricts…

Locked in to key charges

WE get lots of complaints about Owners Corporations and executive committees ‘wasting’ money but what about buildings that are making too much? QUESTION: My Owners Corp seems to be raising…

Mouldy flat, rotten agent

QUESTION: Some overseas friends of mine rented a unit in the inner west which became badly affected by  mould over summer. The mother, for whom English is a second language,…

Trial by CTTT nitpicking

We are always telling strata owners to resolve serious problems through Fair Trading and the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. The latter, especially, is supposed to help ordinary people resolve…

Growing irritation

A tenant called Sonia called me on the James Valentine show on ABC 702 last week to complain about a resident who has taken over her block’s common property garden…

Bin laden lady

Even in houses, especially shared houses, the question of whose turn it is to do domestic chores creates angst and anger. So how bad can it be  for 12 homes?…

Key issue

QUESTION:  I’ve just been sent a form from the building where I have a rental property, demanding all sorts of private information such as my home address and phone number…