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 as much as we try…

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 had persuaded Bob Carr to…

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 Strata Scheme has a bylaw…

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 in a big sub-penthouse apartment…

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 life has paraded through these…

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 people off buying into buildings…

Who ya gonna call?

When things go wrong in Strata-land – and we know they do – who’s going to sort things out for you? At various times all sorts of options have been…

Forgive our Trespasses

(Please read author’s confession at the end of this piece) Did you know that every time you open your car door in most apartment car parks you are technically trespassing?…

Slums of the future

Flat Chat 97 – Slumming It By Jimmy Thomson There’s been a lot of talk about “slums of the future”, most recently by opponents of the decision by NSW planning…

Letter from Peter Berry

Jimmy I have read the comments you have sent me in response to your SMH item on illegal parking in strata schemes. They certainly typify the difficulties that can arise…

Letters to Peter Berry

These are the emails passed on to Peter Berry, Head of Policy Development at Fair Trading and to which he replied. There’s a link to his letter on the Flatchat…