Flats & Units

Little hope governments will foot cladding bill

Posted on March 6, 2019 by | 0 Comments
The failure by governments to warn industry about the risks of combustible cladding, even though they knew the widely-used material was combustible would do little to make them pay for cladding rectification, the country’s peak industry body for strata managers said on Tuesday. Revelations this week that state and territory building regulators discussed concerns about aluminium composite panels raised by fire authorities and did not pass on any indication to their industries that the materials...

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Southbank properties left high and dry

Posted on October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Southbank residents either don’t take showers or many apartments are empty most of the year. A study has found more than 64,000 residential properties in Melbourne are rarely used and almost 12,700 appear unoccupied, with Southbank the top area for vacancies. The findings are based on an analysis of water use commissioned by Prosper Australia, a group seeking tax changes to improve the efficiency of land use. The Speculative Vacancies in Melbourne report, now in its sixth...

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When can strata levies be charged (Western Australia)?

Posted on October 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments
What must happen before a levy is raised? The Strata Titles Act (WA) says that the strata corporation has to pass (at a General Meeting) the amounts and due dates of levies before they can be charged to owners. If the levy has not been passed at a general meeting, the strata corporation is not permitted to raise any levies past the last date of approval at a general meeting. Levies are only due and...

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Neighbours to lose in push on housing

Posted on October 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Neighbours could lose the right of appeal against permits for multistorey apartment towers as part of the state government’s push for more affordable housing in a city hurtling towards 6.5 million people. Planning Minister Matthew Guy will on Wednesday unveil rules making it easier for high-density residential development to be approved under a 40-year metropolitan planning strategy. “Developers behind multistorey residential buildings that meet certain guidelines will not be required to notify residents or be...

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Buying Strata? Top 7 questions to ask

Posted on October 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments
It’s important that you do your homework when you buy a strata titled property, or you could find yourself paying a lot more than you bargained for. Alternatively, you could find yourself allowed to DO a lot less than you bargained for! Whether it’s pet ownership, levies or the use of common areas, there can be plenty of room for conflict. Knowing upfront how it works and the ‘personality’ of the body corporate can save...

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Property damage and landlord rights

Posted on September 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments
What is a landlord’s idea of a good tenant? Is it someone who regularly maintains the upkeep of the garden or is it someone who is conscious of not spilling wine on the new carpet? Surprisingly, it’s not only malicious tenants who can cause property damage to a landlord’s life investment. Research from Terri Scheer, Australia’s leading specialist landlord insurance provider, has seen a spike in property damage caused largely by accidents, and by good...

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Luxury tower plan for site at Albert Park

Posted on September 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Melbourne’s much-loved Albert Park may soon be ringed by apartment developments, after Pace Development Group’s purchase of a six-level St Kilda office building. The 181 Fitzroy Street office at the southern tip of the park was bought by the residential developer this week for $17.15million in a deal negotiated by CBRE’s Kiran Pillai and Mark Coster, and Jones Lang LaSalle’s James Kaufman and Steven Messina. Pace intends to redevelop the large glass and concrete building...

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Hosts may lose most by opening homes to holidaymakers

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Thousands of Sydneysiders are unknowingly risking fines by opening their homes as short term rentals without seeking council consent. NSW councils are grappling with how to manage the growing market for private short term holiday letting, which is expanding through social websites such as Airbnb. The City of Sydney has warned an individual could face a $750 fine for renting out their property without council approval. ”The City’s Local Environment Plan does not permit mixing...

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Can Owners Corporations set limits on the number of tenants?

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
A landlord who wants to have five people living in his two bedroom flat has been blocked by his neighbours who have limited occupancy to two adults per bedroom. “I want to rent out the spare room and have placed two bunk beds in the room,” says Bearforce1 on the Flat Chat forum. “However, the building has passed a by-law imposing a two person per room limit on residents over 18. He has a two-bedroom,...

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