C Triple T Twits

(NB: There are several readers letters at the end of this article) It seems a great pity that, when the Office of Fair Trading doing its best to provide a…

Another fine mesh

Here at Flatchat Mansions, we’re sure that if you counted up the number of times different subjects were raised, parking would be numero uno. We’re not going check those figures…

OFT untangles web

The new broom sweeping through the Office of Fair Trading has not only brushed up strata law but has scrubbed up its website too. If you can find it –…

WILD CATS AND FERAL OWNERS

Many buildings have restrictions on residents owning pets and keeping them in their apartments – but what if the pet-lovers neither own nor keep them?  QUESTION: Eight feral cats hang…

By-laws and outlaws

QUESTION: Is it realistic to expect co-operation in observance of the strata by-laws by residents of apartment blocks? Our strata management agency recently told us that it is useless to…

The contract con trick

I hear some of our less ethical developers are sidling up to Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney, trying to convince her that demanding your proxy votes – your right to…

Muscling in on your gym

With just about every new apartment block having some kind of gym, they are obviously a big attraction – especially, it seems, to personal trainers who even have to pay…

Myths and misconceptions

What’s more important – saving the planet or looking neat and tidy?  It sounds like a no-brainer but Flatchat was at a forum organised by Willoughby council a couple of…