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…

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…

Taking the biscuit

A couple of weeks ago we asked for Flatchatters’ opinions on the idea of executive committee members being paid a little more that a chocolate…

Look through any window

The question of where common property starts an finishes is pretty much hypothetical … until you want to do something with part of your property…

The Good Oil

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. And…

Curbing crazy EC members

It’s hard to know what to say about Harry Triguboff’s statement, mentioned in passing in a recent interview in the Sydney Morning Herald, that he…

Eat yourselves to death

Spring is just around the corner and everybody who lives above a neighbour with a barbecue knows exactly what that means. QUESTION: Our 200-plus unit…

High Cost of the High Life

A friendly FlatChatter bailed me up the other day to complain about one of those perennial apartment living gripes – levies. Now, this bloke lives…

Flatchat Hits a Century

Believe it or not, this is the 100th Flatchat column since we started back in 2004. In the intervening years every tragic aspect of strata…

Just Don’t Do It

Those of us who live in apartment and love it worry a little that all the negative press (mostly generated by this column) might put…