Roundup: Litigious lawyers, solar power and a ban on … guess who


A few of our recent featured posts have stimulated a lot of discussion here on the Forum.

My comments about how some landlords won’t rent to lawyers was borne out by a case study that you can read HERE – all about how a couple of legal eagle renters basically ignored the strata committee in a small self-managed block.

They then went ballistic when they discovered that one of the notices they had snootily tossed meant the driveway was being dug up for essential repairs.

Apparently two weeks’ warning wasn’t enough for these geniuses who threatened to sue all and sundry, the issue exacerbated by a don’t-want-to-know landlord and an ignorant rental agent (boo, hiss!) who blamed it all on ‘the strata’, of course.

Morons, the lot of them.

Now I have to say, that not all lawyers are like that – I have good friends and loyal sponsors in the legal profession, none of whom would ever behave like that.

But, as the old joke (told to me by a lawyer) goes, it’s just a tiny minority of lawyers that gives the other 5 percent a bad name.


  • What can I do about a downstairs neighbour who has annexed the common property garden outside his flat without payment or permission? THAT’S HERE.
  • Our child safety window locks still haven’t been fitted.  Do we get fined per inspection or per window? THAT’S HERE.
  • Our new neighbours leave their screen doors open, blocking the passageway. What do we do? THAT’S HERE.
  • What approvals do I need before I install air-con on my balcony? THAT’S HERE.
  • Can I convert my apartment block into serviced apartments. THAT’S HERE.

By the time you read this, there will be a whole new batch of Qs and As on the Flat Chat Forum.

We also had a great response to our column of ‘five dumb reasons for not going solar’.  You can read a few success stories HERE.

Airbnb banned in Majorca apartments

And the latest news from Airbnb-land is that holiday lets are being banned from residential apartment blocks in the city of Palma on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Apparently 20,000 flats, previously occupied by Majorcan residents and workers from the mainland, are about to come back on the market. Free-standing houses will be excluded from the ban which comes into effect in July.

Mayor Antoni Noguera said the ban was aimed at keeping Palma a “habitable city” and preventing residents being forced out by rising prices.

The number of residential apartments turned into holiday lets has gone up 50 per cent in Palma in the past two years.  At the same time, rents have gone up 40 percent.

“Palma is a bold and decisive city,” said Mayor Noguera. “We believe that it will create a trend in other cities when they see that finding a balance is key.”

Are you listening, Minister Kean?

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