Grubs need not apply

A new survey of housemates into what annoys us most about our “roomies” reveals that lazy grubs who don’t help with cleaning are most likely to attract frequent Post-it Notes…

Flat Screen Fever

We received an email the other day that echoed the findings of the UNSW’s recent survey into the most common gripes in strata living. Right at the top, was the…

Bikie in the bedroom

QUESTION: My flatmate has hooked up with this rough biker type who has moved into her room permanently. He doesn’t work, can’t pay rent, smokes, plays loud music, drinks too…

Low levies lurk

Levies are generally pretty fair:  the more valuable your apartment, roughly, the more you pay  … unless the developer decided selling premium apartments was easier with lower levies attached. QUESTION:…

Short term gain

QUESTION: What do I need to be aware of if planning to rent out an apartment as a short term rental? I am thinking of purchasing a unit for partial…

Pros (and cons) on EC

They need no training in, knowledge of or even interest in the law that governs their actions, yet they are controlling budgets that can run to several million dollars per…

Slammed by soaring rent

QUESTION:  I have been renting my apartment for five years from people who left me alone and never put the rent up. However, they recently got a managing agent who’s…

Whinge and win

It’s not often you get rewarded for speaking your mind but the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW is offering $250 Coles Myer gift cards to four…

Swept away by new broom

The most common complaint about small apartment blocks is that nothing ever gets done.  Then along comes somebody who’s determined to shake things up … whether they are allowed to…

Send in more clowns

One of the longer-running sagas in this column a couple of years ago was about a selfish owner in a strata block who wanted to enclose their car space, meaning…

Pet by-law bites

QUESTION: My building has just passed a new by-law that says all tenants must have the written permission of their landlords before they can have a pet.  However it also…

Putting the @ in strata

Isn’t it odd how people will queue all night for the latest i-thingy, can’t wait to reveal their personal details on antisocial networking sites and can’ t bear to spend…

Over inspections

Over-tenanting flats is a huge and growing problem and Owners Corporations, hamstrung by hopeless laws, are having to resort to fairly dubious tactics to curb it. Sometimes, it seems, they…