16 June 2021 Last month the NSW “Airbnb Policy” was quietly gazetted by the Minister for Planning, Mr Robert Stokes MP. This is a major planning reform that permits all housing to be used for short stay tourism. It takes some chutzpah to give in to tourist Platforms in the middle of pandemic with housing prices soaring. There has long been holiday letting along the coast, and some corporate lets in [...]
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15 June 2021 Residents of a Southbank townhouse complex are being forced to isolate for 14 days after a testing blitz detected two new COVID-19 infections, including one case in a baby, at the block. Both cases are primary close contacts of people connected to the Southbank complex and will be counted in Wednesday’s daily tally. The new cases were flushed out after more than 200 residents of Kings Park apartments, [...]
15 June 2021 Airbnb has grown from a funky, couch-surfing alternative to one of the biggest travel companies in the world. It has more listings than the top nine hotel chains combined and a $100 billion market value built on the idea that strangers can trust each other. But with so many people and so many transactions — many of which include meeting in real life — it's inevitable that bad [...]
9 June 2021 Strata residents in Sydney have been warned by police to ensure their buildings, car parking and storage spaces are secure following an escalation in thefts and break-ins. To ensure residents have the information they need to better manage the risks of criminal activities, Owners Corporation Network is hosting a free, on-line webinar open to anyone living in strata, anywhere in Australia. The Be Safe in Strata webinar on [...]
5 June 2021 Efforts to curb dodgy developers and their farcical phoenixing frauds have been the focus of a lot of media coverage of late, but what does it all mean? Are the efforts by the New South Wales government to implement substantial reforms in the apartment development industry actually making a difference? Are they likely to encourage potential buyers or do the many small victories simply remind us that there’s [...]
June 2 2021 As the New South Wales government implements substantial reforms to the design, delivery and consumer protections for apartments, many owners have been left wondering what it means for them. The Owners Corporation Network OCN, with support from City of Sydney, is holding a live event that will give attendees an opportunity to get the facts straight from the source. Strata Matters on 20 July from 10am-2pm will bring [...]
1 June 2021 One thing the real estate ads don’t tell homebuyers about moving into a strata apartment or townhouse is the finer details of what makes this fast-growing property sector unique. Lack of understanding around regulations, community by-laws, common property and levies is common, and can make for a challenging adjustment period. Owners Corporation Network (OCN), the independent voice of apartment owners, in partnership with Strata Answers, is presenting a free [...]
1 June 2021 The opening of borders prior to the most recent Victorian lockdown provided a glimpse of how short-term rentals are ready to ramp up again, leading to a shortage of residential lets in Melbourne and Sydney. Although rental vacancies have been at a record high, they seem certain to be swallowed up as residential lets are withdrawn from the home market and put back into tourism. Jimmy Thomson Flat [...]
21 May 2021 As more young couples are deciding to raise their kids in apartments, we ask the age old question of whether having a quarter acre block house is really necessary to raise children. .. It’s the mindset that’s the most important element, believes Phillipa Dobbin, director of the apartment owners peak body, the Owners Corporation Network. “Being closer to amenities and transport hubs, having shared facilities and a ready-made [...]
NSW Building Commissioner says engineers behind Sydney towers with ‘structural issues’ must be ‘accountable’Sonya Acton2021-05-19T10:34:53+10:00
14 May 2021 The NSW Building Commissioner says he will refer the principal engineers involved in a large Sydney residential development where "structural issues" were found to the industry's peak body. Karen Stiles, Executive Officer, Owners Corporation Network was interviewed. ABC News > View recording here > Read article here