Big dog blues

They say its it’s not the size of the dog in a fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog. However, when it comes to a…

Water On The Brain

The recent heavy rains in Sydney had everyone running for cover. In my own block, the denialist developers are insisting that the clear evidence of their shoddy workmanship ” water…

Buying into problems

The right manager could make all the difference when it comes to choosing your new apartment When you’re buying a new apartment, even when you’ve sorted out the basics –…

Losers pay on defects

While the rest of NSW lives in a ‘user pays’ society, it seems it’s a ‘loser pays’ world in Strataland especially when it comes to defects. When developers dig in…

Not sinking but drowning

Imagine what would happen to our speeding laws if there were no were no speed cameras or, indeed, speeding fines. The inevitable bloody mayhem aside, that’s pretty much the chaotic…

Cat lover in dog house

There’s always a new twist in the conflict between our love of small furry friends and our desire to live in flats. Considering the number of questions I get from…

Air-con con trick

Amid all the complaints I we get about Executive Committees being too hard to deal with, occasionally we come across one that’s being way too accommodating. QUESTION: Tenants in the…

Dumb animals – dumber owners

If there’s one issue that gets Flatchat readers’ goat it’s pets. Maybe it’s because one person’s devoted companion animal and surrogate child is another’s flea-ridden, noisy, smelly and unhygienic nuisance.…

Floored by flawed thinking

Living underneath noisy wooden floors? That clattering of hooves you hear may just be an ill-informed strata manager running for cover. QUESTION: I live in a unit and the people…

Parking Madness

Our strata dispute procedure is great – in theory. But it’s less fantastic in practice, especially when you are dealing with selfish bastards who have no interest in doing anything…