Poetry in motion

FLAT CHAT Jimmy Thomson Tomorrow sees the start of a campaign to correct one of the anomalies of the NSW strata legislation, concerning the keeping of poets in apartment buildings.…

Smokers Snuffed Out

NB: See late breaking news at end of column QUESTION 1: Can anything can be done about a neighbour across the hall who continually smokes cigars? The smoke permeates my…

Socket to me

Watching TV in bed is a somewhat guilty pleasure so here’s a reminder of the need to get all your checks done in a new apartment before the warranty expires.…

Sinking Fund Rules Sunk

For as long as builders have been putting up apartment blocks, some owners have thought they were on easy street: apartment blocks didn’t require maintenance, weren’t affected by weather or…

Shady dealings in the backyard

It’s summer in Strataland – where, it seems, one person’s sunshade can be another’s eyesore. QUESTION: We are owner-occupiers in a strata scheme of five townhouses. Our neighbour wants to…

The Great Pet Gamble

Even in these enlightened times when well-behaved pets are welcome in many blocks, would-be unit owners are tripping over regulations that seem to force them to gamble with hundreds of…

Taking the biscuit

A couple of weeks ago we asked for Flatchatters’ opinions on the idea of executive committee members being paid a little more that a chocolate biscuit and a cup of…

Look through any window

The question of where common property starts an finishes is pretty much hypothetical … until you want to do something with part of your property that doesn’t actually belong to…

The Good Oil

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. And as much as we try…

Curbing crazy EC members

It’s hard to know what to say about Harry Triguboff’s statement, mentioned in passing in a recent interview in the Sydney Morning Herald, that he had persuaded Bob Carr to…

Eat yourselves to death

Spring is just around the corner and everybody who lives above a neighbour with a barbecue knows exactly what that means. QUESTION: Our 200-plus unit Strata Scheme has a bylaw…