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Calm down when it comes to cladding – insurer

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Calm down when it comes to cladding – insurer

As the panic over dangerous inflammable cladding spreads like a bushfire, one of the country’s top strata insurance companies has come up with a course of action for worried owners. Check your documents, then put safety measures in place if you have flammable cladding, is the message from one of (more…)

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Flammable cladding – it’s time apartment owners flared up

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Flammable cladding – it’s time apartment owners flared up

If I were one of the apartment owners in New South Wales who are currently being told to brace for the expense of replacing non-compliant and combustible cladding in their apartment block, I would be close to combusting myself. “For every 10 apartment blocks in Australia with aluminium cladding, around (more…)

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Quiz: Parking madness

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

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 …

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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