Not sinking but drowning

Imagine what would happen to our speeding laws if there were no were no speed cameras or, indeed, speeding fines. The inevitable bloody mayhem aside, that’s pretty much the chaotic…

Cat lover in dog house

There’s always a new twist in the conflict between our love of small furry friends and our desire to live in flats. Considering the number of questions I get from…

Air-con con trick

Amid all the complaints I we get about Executive Committees being too hard to deal with, occasionally we come across one that’s being way too accommodating. QUESTION: Tenants in the…

Dumb animals – dumber owners

If there’s one issue that gets Flatchat readers’ goat it’s pets. Maybe it’s because one person’s devoted companion animal and surrogate child is another’s flea-ridden, noisy, smelly and unhygienic nuisance.…

Floored by flawed thinking

Living underneath noisy wooden floors? That clattering of hooves you hear may just be an ill-informed strata manager running for cover. QUESTION: I live in a unit and the people…

Parking Madness

Our strata dispute procedure is great – in theory. But it’s less fantastic in practice, especially when you are dealing with selfish bastards who have no interest in doing anything…

Fatally flawed floors

Why would anyone imagine that they have the right to deny peace and quiet to their neighbours? They don’t – but the spirit of “I’m all right, Jack” is alive…

Balcony battles

It’s tough when someone in your building doesn’t want to fix, maintain or improve anything. But when that person is the only other owner in a two-terrace strata, and they…

Timber floor tantrums

With so many people ripping up old carpet – it’s so-o-o-o 20th century – and replacing its excellent insulation qualities with a layer of varnish, it’s no wonder people downstairs…

The Low Levies Lurk

There is a myth in strataland that Unit Entitlements are set in concrete (no pun intended). UEs are the figure on which your levies are calculated, based on the size…

Gunning for smokers

Worried about the ban on smoking in apartments? According to the ABC TV news, it was “tough new laws giving more power to owners corporations” that forced two dedicated puffers…