We Live Here articles

More support for OCs in the new Bill

The long-awaited exposure draft of the Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendments Bill has now been released by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) for public consultation.  The exposure draft can be accessed at www.consumer.vic.gov.au/OCBill Submissions emailed to [email protected] will be accepted until May 10, 2019.  Subject to the satisfactory resolution of any issues raised during the

Owners’ corporation law – time’s up

The state government is under increasing pressure to amend the outdated Owners Corporation Act 2006. Its long-awaited review of the Act is now more than a year overdue, based on its own promises. The government’s self-imposed target date to release an “exposure draft” is now June this year. We Live Here hopes that the draft

Cladding confusion continues

We Live Here has been inundated with complaints that it has been almost impossible to get accurate, consistent information about cladding and how to address the issue. Owners’ corporations (OCs) have been telling us they are getting mixed messages about whether there is a cladding issue at all.  Is our building on a danger list

Now Labor can work with residents

We Live Here In the fallout from the state poll we hope that Labor politicians remember that they have been elected to represent people. Both major parties disappointed the electorate by failing to articulate any policies to help residents in strata communities – all 1.6 million of us whose voices have not been and are

Show us the money!

We Live Here calls on all parties to disclose in full all donations from property developers and multinationals including Airbnb. We know the Labor government enjoys a cosy relationship with Airbnb, and we were bitterly disappointed when the Liberal members walked out of State Parliament just before the crucial vote on the so-called short-stay legislation.

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

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