On-site or on the nose

A lot of renters (and investors) love having on-site managers in their buildings.  The good ones are there when you need them, looking after the building while avoiding the petty…

A pox on your proxies

QUESTION: Is there any organised lobbying going on to limit the number of proxies that may be held by any one owner at general meetings? I believe that in Queensland…

Water torture

QUESTION: I have moved into an older building and my problem starts EVERY night at 1.30 am when my upstairs neighbour has a shower. Without fail I get woken by…

Premium dilemma

QUESTION: I insure my investment unit with a landlords insurance policy covering contents damage, personal liability and loss of rent. The contents have been ‘written down’ to an amount  where…

Rent reduction removed

QUESTION:  My bedroom ceiling developed a leak from common property and there was water damage to the walls.  My landlord but did nothing so I called Fair Trading and they…

Barbecue court battle

Enjoy your balcony barbecues while you can.  If one Flat Chat reader has his way they will soon be banned by the Supreme Court. “The smoke and smell comes through…

Snake in the strata

QUESTION: I’ve just rented found a fabulous new flat but  the lease says I need the landlord’s permission to have a pet and the building has a by-law that restricts…

Locked in to key charges

WE get lots of complaints about Owners Corporations and executive committees ‘wasting’ money but what about buildings that are making too much? QUESTION: My Owners Corp seems to be raising…

Mouldy flat, rotten agent

QUESTION: Some overseas friends of mine rented a unit in the inner west which became badly affected by  mould over summer. The mother, for whom English is a second language,…

Trial by CTTT nitpicking

We are always telling strata owners to resolve serious problems through Fair Trading and the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. The latter, especially, is supposed to help ordinary people resolve…

Growing irritation

A tenant called Sonia called me on the James Valentine show on ABC 702 last week to complain about a resident who has taken over her block’s common property garden…

Bin laden lady

Even in houses, especially shared houses, the question of whose turn it is to do domestic chores creates angst and anger. So how bad can it be  for 12 homes?…