Rejected and dejected

QUESTION: I’m originally from the UK and my partner is Aussie.  We are in good jobs and can easily afford the rent but whenever we apply for a property it…

Turn up heat over stove

QUESTION: In January this year my two student children rented a two-bedroom unit in Coogee, offering $20 a week over the asking price ($550) to secure the rental. The managing…

Air-con units are uncool

QUESTION: Some time in the past, two previous owners in our 1960s block installed those ugly window mounted air conditioning units. The strata records shows no mention of the units,…

Dog driving me barking mad

QUESTION: My neighbour leaves his dog outside on their terrace all the time and it barks constantly. I’ve spoken to the strata manager, the executive committee and the neighbour, but…

Planter plight

QUESTION:  My new rented apartment has planter boxes right up against the balcony balustrade and the other day I found my four-year-old climbing up to look over the side. After…

Strata – a pop quiz

The first strata titles legislation in the world was created right here in NSW exactly 50 years ago. But how much do you know about it? Considering half the population…

Go West and save

 A report in last week’s Domain revealed that while rents in Sydney’s West are barely moving, in the Eastern Suburbs they’re getting out of control. A two-bedroom apartment in…

A law unto themselves

My neighbour plays his banjo on his balcony, smokes by the swimming pool and stores stuff in his car space.  Surely this is against the by-laws. – Irritated, Illawarra. OK,…