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Quiz: Parking madness

. February 24, 2015 . 0 Comments
Quiz: Parking madness

Parking – along with pets and parties –  is one of the perennial three P problems in strata. In this entertaining, interactive quiz, Jimmy Thomson of Flat Chat tests your knowledge of parking laws both inside your unit block and out there in the “real world”. (more…)

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QUIZ: Pets and apartments

. February 4, 2015 . 0 Comments
QUIZ:  Pets and apartments

How much do you know about pets in apartments? Let yourself off the leash and try this informative little test (more…)

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Apartment Living: Promises, promises …

. January 3, 2015 . 0 Comments
Apartment Living: Promises, promises …

By Jimmy Thomson Another year has rolled around and you still haven’t got to grips with living in your block? You’ve got issues, but who hasn’t?  And you have something to contribute – but who’s got the time? Well, without getting all Pollyanna about things, if half the people in (more…)

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Parking people

. December 22, 2014 . 0 Comments
Parking people

Parking spots are becoming just as hot property as apartments these days. Studies back this stuff up, with 2012 research by Eran Ben-Joseph revealing over 30% US city space is taken up by the humble concrete garage. And with over half under-used, that’s a lot of available space. But, with younger generations (more…)

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Fire alarm thefts leave apartment residents unprotected

. September 11, 2014 . 0 Comments
Fire alarm thefts leave apartment residents unprotected

A new twist in creative crime — the widespread theft of electronic circuit boards in fire alarms — has left thousands of apartment and condo dwellers without warning in case of fire, and raised concerns among safety officials from Tallahassee to Tamarac. Adding to fears about being caught in a (more…)

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Strata Gems: Answering your curliest questions

. September 4, 2014 . 1 Comment
Strata Gems: Answering your curliest questions

 It’s a simple fact: nothing in strata is simple.  So we asked Strata Community Australia (the strata managers’ professional body) and the Owners Corporation Network (strata owners) a few head-scratchers just to see where they are on the same page … or not. Bush lawyer bully Our Executive Committee has (more…)

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Dogs in flats – does size matter?

. August 28, 2014 . 0 Comments
Dogs in flats – does size matter?

Breed is more important than bulk when it comes to choosing a dog that won’t drive your neighbours barking mad, writes Isabel Mackie. Does size matter in the animal kingdom? Not when it comes to pets in strata, say the experts. A massive Great Dane or Doberman is much more (more…)

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Managers and the name of the game

. August 28, 2014 . 0 Comments
Managers and  the name of  the game

Jimmy Thomson looks at the #####strata jobs that have similar sounding names but very different roles. A strata manager, a building manager and a caretaker walk into a bar … who buys the drinks?*It’s a joke but in strata there are some labels that are so confusing it’s just not (more…)

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Residents outraged over balcony colours

. August 25, 2014 . 0 Comments
Residents outraged over balcony colours

Plans for an #apartment building at 329 Pleasant Ave. include pink and blue balconies. The pink and blue balconies on a proposed East Harlem apartment building have neighbors seeing red. Neighbors of the proposed 8-story Pleasant Ave. building near 118th St. are outraged the city gave HAP Investment Developers […] (more…)

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Holy smoke row has happy ending

. August 15, 2014 . 0 Comments
Holy smoke row has happy ending

Residents of the Sydney apartment block that counts Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban among its denizens, were incensed by reports that a neighbour had complained about one person who burned a joss stick once a week for a few minutes while they performed their religious devotions. The story came to (more…)

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