Respect at inspection

We all understand why a landlord would want to inspect their property but nobody likes the idea of someone poking around your stuff, even if they do own the roof…

Old versus new

Everybody wants everything to be shiny and new – new car, new TV, new fridge – but should the lure of the new apply in apartments too? QUESTION: I am…

Smoke signals for Clean Strata

Our recent news feature about the strata block in Ashfield that banned smoking INSIDE people’s apartments certainly got people talking – all the commercial TV stations and many radio stations…

Slumlords squeezing tenants

This week’s Herald investigation  into foreign students exploited by ruthless landlords has exposed some brutally ugly facts of rental life in Sydney, including sexual blackmail, massive fraud and illegal development.…

On-site or on the nose

A lot of renters (and investors) love having on-site managers in their buildings.  The good ones are there when you need them, looking after the building while avoiding the petty…

A pox on your proxies

QUESTION: Is there any organised lobbying going on to limit the number of proxies that may be held by any one owner at general meetings? I believe that in Queensland…

Water torture

QUESTION: I have moved into an older building and my problem starts EVERY night at 1.30 am when my upstairs neighbour has a shower. Without fail I get woken by…

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,…