We Live Here articles

Cladding – remove now, pay later?

Apartment buildings across Melbourne are finding that it can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to remove combustible cladding. We await feedback from owners who are tempted by the state government’s offer of cladding “rectification” loans that can be paid off through council rates. Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, has been reported as

Government ignores Airbnb stabbing death 

In stunning scenes in Parliament this month, the Victorian Government passed the weakest legislation for short-term letting ever seen in Australia, to the delight of Airbnb. In answering questions from The Greens in Parliament, the Trade and Innovation Minister, Philip Dalidakis admitted to Parliament that he visited Airbnb’s office in San Francisco. (Hansard, 7 August

One woman’s stand gets results

One brave apartment owner has taken on the developer and the management company appointed to administer the common property for the owners’ corporation (OC) and won back residents’ rights that had been eroded in her apartment building. In the June edition of this column we reported that the owner of the Stonnington apartment had embarked

Uniting against proxy farming and rorts

Corruption, secret deals, intimidation, blackmail – no, we are not talking about a new TV series – we are talking about owners’ corporations across Melbourne. Strata owners at a recent We Live Here seminar heard extraordinary tales of rorts and rip-offs. A number of high-profile owners corporations, from St Kilda Rd, South Melbourne, West Melbourne,

More large-scale proxy farming

In our April column we reported on two apartment buildings where owners were suffering after proxy farmers stitched up lucrative contracts. Another story has come to the notice of We Live Here of one strata owner’s lone fight to take on the might of developer and the management company appointed to administer the common property

Make your vote count

By We Live Here A by-election for the vacant position of lord mayor will be held in May. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting, with ballot packs mailed to voters between Monday, April 23 and Thursday, April 26. Your ballot paper must be returned, either by mail or delivered in person to the

Embedded kickbacks

By We Live Here We Live Here has had a request from the ABC for information about embedded electricity networks. The broadcaster is investigating an issue arising from electricity companies in strata complexes with embedded networks having difficulties trying to change electricity providers or take over the network. If your OC, or if you know

Privy Council gets it, Andrews doesn’t

By We Live Here The Privy Council in London has unanimously ruled that strata corporations may enforce by-laws to restrict short-term letting. Last month, the Lordships found that the by-law-making power of a strata corporation is very wide, and any by-law that purports to restrict the use of a lot for “residential purposes” is valid.

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