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…

Debt dodgers beware

The unpaid levies scandal has taken a comic turn around one well-known Eastern Suburbs building with an apartment owner who owes nearly $15,000 to his Owners Corporation scuttling in the…

Wheelchair access

Sometimes in this job you need the wisdom of Solomon – but mostly you only need to know when to the pass the buck. This week’s curly question is one…

Value of votes

There is a basic and fairly pragmatic principle that guides the running of strata plans and that is “user pays”. At the heart of this concept are your unit entitlements,…

Good Guys, Bad Guys

I’ve been taken to task by a couple of readers who challenge two of my assertions: that short-term rentals are a bad thing; and that investor owners are generally worse…

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…