RENTERS – Insurance

Just because you rent your home doesn’t mean you don’t own nice things that are valuable and difficult to replace.  But what happens when something goes wrong? QUESTION: Please settle…

Contract con trick

A professional strata titles surveyor wrote to me last week saying he was checking a sales contract from a well-known developer when he noticed a clause that has a strong…

Renters – In a squeeze

We spoke a couple of weeks ago about proposed new tenancy laws that among other things, may allow sub-lets without owners’ approval* . One critic, manager of a major apartment…

Knocking their blocks off

The question of what to do about old, crumbling apartment blocks standing where new, larger and more efficient apartment blocks might be built is an increasingly urgent issue. Demand on…

Renters – Sticky beaks

QUESTION:  Our landlords are nice enough people but they live in the apartment above ours and they are always “popping down” for a chat or, even worse, peering over the…

Double trouble

A lot of strata owners just get on with living and trying to be good neighbours, regardless of what the by-laws say.  But then somebody wants to sell and the…

Rising Damp

There was a TV sitcom in the 70s, starring the comic genius Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale (actress Kate’s dad), called Rising Damp –  and that’s the only time you…

Smoke signals

With pavement cafes the next no-go areas for smokers, according to reports earlier this month, where do smokers go when they are driven off the streets?  One contributor to the…

Renters: Advance unfair

A word of warning to any prospective tenants hoping to stand out from the very competitive crowd  by offering six months’ rent or more in advance:  you might have trouble…

RENTERS: Buy or rent?

QUESTION: I’d like to own my own unit but the figures just don’t add up.  Anywhere I might be able to afford isn’t as  good as the place I’m renting…

Could you be sued?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how half the strata plans in NSW are self-managed – that is, they have no strata manager although these tend to be…

Renters: Paint job

QUESTION:  A year or so ago I did some work on my rented apartment – including painting, installing shelves and some basic maintenance – in lieu of a few weeks…

Pressure selling

Pressure selling, the blight of the apartment boom a decade ago, is back with us, it seems.  The question is, are we going to make the same mistakes all over…

Renters: cuts all round

QUESTION: The owners in our building have just cut the concierge services so they can reduce their levies,  meaning that not only do we no longer have 24-hour security, we…

Dog flap

QUESTION: The Executive Committee at our complex has received an application from a resident to install a doggy door on to their balcony.  Our building manager has told us we…