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Flat Chat Live: Any questions?
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This weekend (April 30), I’ll be chairing a panel of industry experts to look at the nitty-gritty of the new laws when Flat Chat Live returns at the Owners Day organised by Strata Community Australia, the strata managers’ professional organisation.

With 90 different changes in the Act, we aren’t going to get to everything, but a few issues stand out.

For instance, will the 2 percent defects bond improve the quality of buildings or will developers simply factor defect claims into the price of new apartments?

What difference will tenant representation make when it’s hard enough to get owners to attend meetings and renters won’t be allowed a vote or even to participate in significant discussions?

Will the obligation on strata managers to declare commissions from insurance policies change anything about the way compulsory insurance is organised?

Will local councils really send parking rangers into apartment blocks?  Will strata committees even invite them in when minor infringements like parking over the line could lead to fines?

Will the curbs on proxy farming work when the worst offenders have already devised ways around them, such as distributing signed votes to loyal supporters?

What is the point of having new laws when NCAT, the Tribunal meant to enforce them, hands down inconsistent rulings based on outdated attitudes and undermined by a complete lack of training of its adjudicators?

There are many, many more issues that need to be aired before the regulations are finally locked in.

You can be part of the discussion by sending a question to us here on mail@flat-chat.com.au or, even better, booking a last-minute place in the Owners Day, at the Grand Lodge, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney.

I’ll also be doing a second session in the afternoon on complaints, how to raise them and how to get results. It’s an all-day event with lunch. morning coffee and afternoon tea all included, for $80.  You can book here on nsw.stratacommunity.org.au.


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