Flat Chat Wrap 51 - Email privacy, off-the-plan protections and owner revolts

December 04, 2019
Privacy, consumer protections and how to engineer radical change in your apartment block are the main topics for discussion in this week’s Flat Chat Wrap podcast. A heated discussion in the Forum has spilled over into the pod, with JimmyT trying to establish where or not it’s true that the law forbids strata managers from revealing owners’ email addresses in the strata roll (in NSW). Certainly, that’s what the strata managers say but neither strata law nor privacy laws seem to back that up...
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Flat Chat Wrap 50 - AirbnBS blitz, pet bans balked, bad neighours

November 27, 2019
Amazingly, this is our 50th Flat Chat wrap which means we have been doing this for almost a year. And yet, the same topics come up, time after time, albeit with the occasional (welcome) twist. For instance, co-presenter Sue Williams has had enough of Airbnb – or, at least, stories about them.  She has a point but when you are dealing with a super-aggressive interloper in the property market, you have to keep tabs on them. What have they done now?  Well, they have launched the...
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Flat Chat Wrap 49 - Half-million dollar defamation damage

November 19, 2019
This week’s podcast features JimmyT and Sue Williams examining the half-million dollar turnaround in a strata defamation case, a discussion about who’s the boss in a strata scheme – the committee or the strata manager – and a chat about how we can get a bit too relaxed when we’re planning our holidays from our “lock up and leave” apartment. The first item refers to the recent Court of Appeals decision in the case of the Manly apartment block chair who earlier this year won $120,000 in damages...
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Flat Chat Wrap 48 – Flats grow, Government ducks, Airbnb strife

November 13, 2019
We cover a lot of ground in this week’s Flat Chat Wrap, starting with the surprising news that new apartments are getting bigger while houses are getting smaller.  Is it all about downsizing and empty nesters? Or did we never really need all that space to begin with?  You’ll never guess where the largest new apartments are … and Jimmy wonders what a rumpus room  really is. Also in the podcast, we hop into Building Commissioner David Chandler about apartment purchasers and “buyer beware”. ...
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PODCAST - Flats get bigger, Government ducks, Airbnb in strife

November 13, 2019
We cover a lot of ground in this week’s Flat Chat Wrap, starting with the surprising news that new apartments are getting bigger while houses are getting smaller.  Is it all about downsizing and empty nesters? Or did we never really need all that space to begin with?  You’ll never guess where the largest new apartments are … and Jimmy wonders what a rumpus room  really is. Also in the podcast, we hop into Building Commissioner David Chandler about apartment purchasers and “buyer beware”. ...
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