From The Forum: Dog-minding in a one-bedder


We are all for the entrepreneurial spirit, here at Flat Chat … except when it comes to turning your apartment into a business that has a detrimental effect on other residents.

Now that could be an illegal (or just pain-in-the-butt) Airbnb rental, a dodgy massage parlour, a garage converted into a hairdresser, or a dumpling delivery service (seriously!).  We’ve heard them all.

The latest has arrived this week from Victoria where a resident is concerned that a neighbour is advertising a dog-minding service in his one-bedroom unit.

Where do you begin?  Is it a pet by-law thing?  Or a change of use?  Does it invalidate strata insurance?  Should the council be involved.

Or should everyone just wait to see if it becomes a problem before responding to it?

So many questions – but in Flat Chat Forum style, where no thirst for knowledge goes unquenched, we have a few answers. That’s HERE.

Also, in less pet-centric questions:

  • How can I force my strata committee to answer my questions in detail, when I can’t get to meetings?  That’s HERE.
  • How can NBN send me a letter saying my flat is NBN-ready when the service isn’t even connected to the building yet? We have an answer HERE.
  • How can my strata manager say the window in my 1970 building has to be repaired by me, when my friend in a 1960s block got hers done by the owners corp?  That’s HERE.
  • And, in another window repair related question, can the owners in two flats in a four-unit block get the other two to pay for repairs that only they want.  That’s HERE.

There are other fresh questions as well as updated older yarns on the Flat Chat Forum.

Get yours in before the weekly rush.

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