List of episodes
Flat Chat Wrap #31 - Tip of the defects iceberg and why it's such a massive problem
July 09, 2019
In this week’s episode of the Flat Chat Wrap we look at the revelation that the Opal and Mascot towers “disasters” are just the tip of a very large apartment block defects iceberg. Jimmy Thomson and Sue Williams have been writing about apartment block defects – and other, happier apartment-related issues – for more than 15 years. In this episode of the Flat Chat Wrap, Sue recalls the time more than a decade ago that a feature on defects almost cost her job, when a property writer with a c...
Flat Chat Wrap #30 - Three kinds of insurance and a few facts that will shock you
July 02, 2019
Jimmy Thomson investigates four different kinds of insurance (including Airbnb) and why telling one little white lie about whether or not you were allowed to have short-term letting in your apartment could invalidate your cover. He's joined by Steve Tchepak, Acting Head of Underwriting at our sponsors CHU Insurance.
Flat Chat Wrap #29 - the great Mascot Tower giveaway ... and what it means about cladding
June 25, 2019
Confronted by images of residents of Mascot Tower evacuating the building, the NSW government has moved relatively swiftlly to plug the accommodation gap with a loan to the Owners Corporation to cover the cost of emergency billets for the owners and renters. As JimmyT and Sue Williams discuss in this week's podcast, the state government's loan may never have to be paid back, because they think they know what (and who) caused the structural damage and it's eminently possible it wasn't building...
Flat Chat Wrap #28 - Residents out on the street as another Faulty Tower crumbles
June 18, 2019
Residents of the 130-plus apartments in the Mascot Tower apartment block in Sydney's South were evacuated over the weekend when cracks in walls and supporting beams suddenly widened. JimmyT and Sue Williams discuss what this means for the residents of this block and all the others built in Sydney to the same standards around the same time. And they come up with a proposal to at least stem the waves of panic and confusion the next time this happens as, they say, it surely will ...
Flat Chat Wrap #27 - Ghost towers, cladding costs and power games
June 12, 2019
This week, JimmyT and Sue Williams discuss the brand new empty flats that investors are "warehousing" - keeping them locked up and unlived in - until the property market improves. Then there's the new report about the massive costs facing owners in buildings with flammable cladding - and why our state governments need to do more to help owners. .And finally a look at people who get elected to their strata committees for all the worst reasons. Please enjoy ... share ... like ... subscri...