We Live Here articles

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.

Short-stays behind property price pain

By We Live Here The Victorian Government must address the state’s unregulated commercial short-stay industry, if it’s serious about fixing Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. New  statistics show the city’s average unit price is now $564,540 – up 2.1 per cent in the last quarter. The median house price rose to $818,000. Melbourne is now at

A lookback at what’s been happening

By We Live Here Whilst we wait for the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into short-stays, it is perhaps timely to review what has been happening around the country and overseas. In May we reported that the NSW Government had swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced

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