7 September 2021 Apartment residents could be hit by the most draconian COVID-19 laws ever produced by the NSW Government, which is able to lock down entire unit blocks when just one person tests positive to the virus. The police also now have new powers to patrol buildings, quiz everyone living in – and visiting – apartments for their names and phone numbers, and order them all to take COVID tests. [...]
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28 August 2021 Soaring prices. Low wages. Competition. Desperation. The unaffordable conditions for Australian home buyers are spilling into the rental market for coastal families, and locals say it's destroying the very reason these towns are popular in the first place. Landlords from Byron Bay, Yamba and Noosa to Lorne and Apollo Bay are jacking up rents as the popularity of seaside towns continues climbing while lockdowns roll on in cities. ABC [...]
27 August 2021 Residents of a prestigious Strathfield apartment block built by companies associated with husband and wife developers Antoine and Georgette Bechara are the latest unit owners fighting to fix defects including in waterproofing and flammable cladding. NSW Supreme Court documents show the Becharas’ companies tried to pass the blame onto the designers, the architects and the private certifiers Essential Certifiers, whose owner Bernard Cohen had 28 disciplinary findings against [...]
28 August 2021 STRESSED unit owners are reportedly being driven to the brink of suicide by home repair bills reaching up to $50,000, with more than a third of apartments built in NSW in the past six years being listed as having “a serious defect of some kind”. Lachlan Leeming Daily Telegraph Read full article here
25 August 2021 With no immediate end in sight to lockdown in NSW, perhaps you can get some joyful ideas for making life more bearable in your strata from this wonderful article in Domain. From wine and cheese nights by zoom to finding ways to help out with meals, haircuts and art classes for kids, many Sydney stratas are really putting the “community” into “strata community”. Domain Sue Williams > Link [...]
24 August 2021 Residents in an upmarket apartment tower have been left without access to their cars for almost two months after a six-storey car stacker went haywire - crushing one car and trapping 30 more. The residents of Melbourne's Bond Quarter building were startled by huge bang which shook the walls as one car was dropped by the car lift moments after the owner got out of the way. Daily [...]
21 August 2021 With yet another “tightening” of lockdown restrictions for greater Sydney, and once again the specific needs of apartment residents being ignored, the peak group for apartment owners in NSW has come out swinging. The Owners Corporation Network (OCN) has accused the NSW Health depart of creating a “confused mess” by trying to treat 40-storey high apartment blocks the same as stand-alone houses, and explaining that strata committees can’t [...]
OCN MEDIA RELEASE: 20 AUGUST 2021 Health NSW needs a clearer strategy for directing and supporting apartment communities. The Chief Health Officer, Dr Chant, is rightly concerned about transmission in apartment buildings. Across Sydney these are chock full of residents. But the Public Health Orders treat a 40-storey high rise exactly the same as a free-standing home. That is a mistake. Strata Committees cannot manage a pandemic through by-laws. They are [...]
20 August 2021 Karen Stiles, OCN Executive Officer, interviewed by Channel 10 News on why residents need to know if someone in their building is Covid-19 positive. Watch the clip: