From the Forum: Wired up for a power struggle


We tend to think of apartments as being shiny and new … but there are still a lot of old blocks out there that have been patched up and held together with gaffer tape and chewing gum as the needs of their residents have evolved.

The classic is the old wiring that was enough to power a few down lights and a steam radio when the block was first built, but now struggle to cope with TVs, phone chargers, washing machines and microwaves.

And that wiring, with all its extensions and add-ons, isn’t getting any younger. Pretty soon it will become a safety concern as well as an aesthetic issue.

This week a Flatchatter wants to know what to do when an owner wants the wiring in their flat replaced – including cables that have been added to the surface of the walls – and it’s partly in common property and partly in the lot.

Who pays when old wiring has not only to be replaced, but needs to be chased into the walls? That’s HERE.

Also fresh on the Flat Chat Forum:

What can you do about water from watering plants and washing balconies is cascading down from above? That’s HERE.

It’s bad enough when tenants are badly behaved – but what do you do when the rental agent is rude, obnoxious and doesn’t want to know?  That’s HERE.

How many people have to be affected by a nuisance before it becomes a strata issue?  According to one strata manager, a single resident being smoked out by their neighbour simply isn’t enough.  That’s HERE.

There are lots more questions and answers on the Forum, with new posts every day.  “Favourite” and “subscribe” and you won’t miss out

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