FlatRats 2005

We FlatChatters love living in apartments – so much so that we even put up with the cheats, chisellers, hedonists, misanthropes, selfish scumbags and assorted lying rodents who’ve attached themselves…

Levies cheats make a mint

Just when you think you’ve heard everything in the world of apartment living, another sleazy little scam comes to light. The latest trick by apartment parasites is to withhold their…

Detested investors

I never fail to be amazed by readers stories about how the selfish schemers in this world make life difficult for the rest of us. Entries for our New Laws…

Heartbreak Hotel

When we published our book Apartment Living, Sue Williams and I were accused of being conspiracy theorists because we highlighted the ways that residents of new apartment blocks can get…

Trouble In Paradise

You’d think life in a small strata complex of town houses near a beach was a little slice of the Aussie dream. But it has turned into a nightmare for…

Balcony Ins and Outs

In recent years, Sydney has gone balcony crazy with residential blocks being designed with that “resort lifestyle” in mind. It’s a fairly recent trend. Contrast Harry Seidler’s Blues Point Tower…

Get Noticed!

If you truly want a sense of community in your building – or even if you just want the building to function effectively – the place to start is your…

Reeling in the Ratbags

Right now (late 2004), somewhere in a State Government office, a team of bureaucrats, lawyers and politicians is trying to untangle the unholy mess that is our apartment-living strata laws.…

The Company of Strangers

They are becoming endangered species but there are still a few company title apartment blocks around and a shrewd investor shouldn’t necessarily shy away from them. Company Titles sprang up…

Loathe Thy Neighbour

The hardest adjustment most people have to make when they move into apartments is simply getting along with neighbours all around them. It is usually a simple issue of tolerance…