Gunning for smokers

Worried about the ban on smoking in apartments? According to the ABC TV news, it was “tough new laws giving more power to owners corporations” that forced two dedicated puffers…

Poetry in motion

FLAT CHAT Jimmy Thomson Tomorrow sees the start of a campaign to correct one of the anomalies of the NSW strata legislation, concerning the keeping of poets in apartment buildings.…

Smokers Snuffed Out

NB: See late breaking news at end of column QUESTION 1: Can anything can be done about a neighbour across the hall who continually smokes cigars? The smoke permeates my…

Socket to me

Watching TV in bed is a somewhat guilty pleasure so here’s a reminder of the need to get all your checks done in a new apartment before the warranty expires.…

Sinking Fund Rules Sunk

For as long as builders have been putting up apartment blocks, some owners have thought they were on easy street: apartment blocks didn’t require maintenance, weren’t affected by weather or…

Shady dealings in the backyard

It’s summer in Strataland – where, it seems, one person’s sunshade can be another’s eyesore. QUESTION: We are owner-occupiers in a strata scheme of five townhouses. Our neighbour wants to…

The Great Pet Gamble

Even in these enlightened times when well-behaved pets are welcome in many blocks, would-be unit owners are tripping over regulations that seem to force them to gamble with hundreds of…