Pier Pressure

In this column’s tradition of no names, no pack drill, I won’t re-identify the converted wharf in Sydney where there’s been an almighty stoush over renovations and amalgamations. But it’s…

Short and not so sweet

This column has long been a staunch opponent of the blight of short-term rentals in permanent residential buildings – why would you let anyone use your home as a hotel?…

Voting rights and wrongs

The democratic principal of one person, one vote doesn’t always apply in strata – sometimes that’s good, often less so. QUESTION: The chairman of our Executive Committee owns three apartments…

Reasons to be cheerful

In this column’s relentless campaign to act as both problem solver and trouble-maker, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of why we live in apartments in the first place. The…

Send in the clowns

NB: There’s anothere reader’s horror story at the end of this column. eedback has been flooding in since we took a pop at the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal a…

C Triple T Twits

(NB: There are several readers letters at the end of this article) It seems a great pity that, when the Office of Fair Trading doing its best to provide a…

Another fine mesh

Here at Flatchat Mansions, we’re sure that if you counted up the number of times different subjects were raised, parking would be numero uno. We’re not going check those figures…

OFT untangles web

The new broom sweeping through the Office of Fair Trading has not only brushed up strata law but has scrubbed up its website too. If you can find it –…

WILD CATS AND FERAL OWNERS

Many buildings have restrictions on residents owning pets and keeping them in their apartments – but what if the pet-lovers neither own nor keep them?  QUESTION: Eight feral cats hang…

By-laws and outlaws

QUESTION: Is it realistic to expect co-operation in observance of the strata by-laws by residents of apartment blocks? Our strata management agency recently told us that it is useless to…

The contract con trick

I hear some of our less ethical developers are sidling up to Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney, trying to convince her that demanding your proxy votes – your right to…