Forgive our Trespasses

(Please read author’s confession at the end of this piece) Did you know that every time you open your car door in most apartment car parks you are technically trespassing?…

Slums of the future

Flat Chat 97 – Slumming It By Jimmy Thomson There’s been a lot of talk about “slums of the future”, most recently by opponents of the decision by NSW planning…

Letter from Peter Berry

Jimmy I have read the comments you have sent me in response to your SMH item on illegal parking in strata schemes. They certainly typify the difficulties that can arise…

Letters to Peter Berry

These are the emails passed on to Peter Berry, Head of Policy Development at Fair Trading and to which he replied. There’s a link to his letter on the Flatchat…

Clean slate

Many older apartment buildings in Sydney were never intended to last as long as they have. So what do you do when your block has passed it’s use-by date? Q:…

Flood of complaint

It’s complicated enough to know who’s responsible when owners have problems but when it’s tenants, there’s a whole other level of confusion. Q: My friend Tim rents a ground-floor flat…

Going up

When many of our older, smaller beach-side apartment blocks were built, their full potential was rarely realised. But styles and priorities change and opportunities arise. Q: I own both top…

Parking Mad

Flatchat has been in touch with the Office of fair Trading this week, following up some of the suggestions made and questions asked by readers late last year in our…

New Laws

Having only this past week been involved in an arm-wrestle with the Office of Fair Trading’s Education and Information department over the content of a new book I’m writing (out…

Petulance avoided

Pets are becoming a much more acceptable part of apartment life but how can you let them in without turning the building into a menagerie? Q: We live in a…

Model by-law for pets

Apartment buildings are becoming more pet-friendly but some owners are concerned that it’s getting out of hand with no controls over pets. The Office of Fair Trading’s model by-laws say…

Land Grab

Just when you think you’ve read or heard everything, along comes another new twist on neighbours behaving badly. This time it’s the strata equivalent of a land grab and our…