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    Discounts are available for pensioners on such things as council fees and electricity and gas bills. Are there any plans for strata levies to be discounted to give pensioners a helping hand? Perhaps this would be through government assistance. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.

    • This topic was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Jimmy-T.
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    The simple answer is … no – not that we’ve heard of.

    The law simply states that everybody has to pay their levies according to their unit entitlements. Exceptions can be made to waive penalty interest for late payments in special cases.

    The obvious (if painful) answer might be to downsize to a less expensive apartment, or organise a long-term flat-swap with someone who will take over your place (and its expenses) while you return the favour.

    The fact that you own your home is likely to mitigate against you when you apply for other forms of assistance

    Of course, if the Airbnb ads are to be believed, you can rent a room to Swedish backpackers and itinerant tango teachers and not only will they pay your levies and provide endless interesting conversations (and tango lessons), you’ll have enough left over to pay for a cruise.

    Or not …

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