Up the garden path

In these straitened times, many buildings are looking at ways of saving money.  Some are sensible economies,  other savings are merely penny-pinching and corner cutting that isn’t going to do…

Do your block online

Given that every strata development has a different combination of by-laws, facilities and local council laws, wouldn’t it be valuable, asks one reader, for us to have our own websites?…

Minding Their Business

What do you do when one of your neighbours decides to exploit shared amenities to run a business? Whether it’s personal training in your gym, turning your home into a…

Bring back the clamp

These are really just “edited highlights” from Flatchat readers’ responses. To read the original article and readers responses in full, please click on this link http://www.flat-chat.com.au/archives/41 A few weeks ago,…

Power Games

Some are born to greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them … and some become chairman of their Owner’s Corporation. QUESTION: Can you direct me to a source of accessible…

Young and selfish

We groaned last week when we saw the furphy repeated, yet again, that there is a state law to stop people drying their laundry on their balconies. In fact, there…

No worries, mate

HERE’S ANOTHER GOOD NEWS STORY FROM FEBRUARY 2009 Obviously, I think living in apartments is great – otherwise I wouldn’t have lived in one for the past 20 years. But…

Lost in (parking) spaces

Just when we think we’ve covered every possible angle on the vexed issue of parking, along comes another twist in the battle with residents who have more cars than they…

Pre-2104 columns

These are the raw versions of my Flat Chat columns written for the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Domain’ section.  Some of the issues are specific to New South Wales, some are…