Detested investors

I never fail to be amazed by readers stories about how the selfish schemers in this world make life difficult for the rest of us. Entries for our New Laws…

Heartbreak Hotel

When we published our book Apartment Living, Sue Williams and I were accused of being conspiracy theorists because we highlighted the ways that residents of new apartment blocks can get…

Trouble In Paradise

You’d think life in a small strata complex of town houses near a beach was a little slice of the Aussie dream. But it has turned into a nightmare for…

Balcony Ins and Outs

In recent years, Sydney has gone balcony crazy with residential blocks being designed with that “resort lifestyle” in mind. It’s a fairly recent trend. Contrast Harry Seidler’s Blues Point Tower…

Get Noticed!

If you truly want a sense of community in your building – or even if you just want the building to function effectively – the place to start is your…

Reeling in the Ratbags

Right now (late 2004), somewhere in a State Government office, a team of bureaucrats, lawyers and politicians is trying to untangle the unholy mess that is our apartment-living strata laws.…

The Company of Strangers

They are becoming endangered species but there are still a few company title apartment blocks around and a shrewd investor shouldn’t necessarily shy away from them. Company Titles sprang up…

Loathe Thy Neighbour

The hardest adjustment most people have to make when they move into apartments is simply getting along with neighbours all around them. It is usually a simple issue of tolerance…

Renters are people too

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with living side-by-side with renters in an apartment building – as long as they’re good neighbours, who cares? But you would be wise to avoid buildings…

A sense of security

One of the biggest reasons people move into apartments is for the added sense of security they afford over a house. Suddenly, there’s no need to see the world through…