We Live Here articles

Owners’ corporation laws tweaked

The Victorian Government’s long-awaited amendments to owners’ corporation (OC) laws are now coming into force. The government has been under pressure for some time to stamp out a number of inequitable practices indulged in by many developers for several years. With around one in five Victorians being part of an OC, strata management problems have

Will short-stay infections force us into lockdown again?

With retail industry still shuttered, it beggars belief that short-stay operators are allowed to endanger residential buildings with potential COVID carriers. We found one of the most iconic buildings in Melbourne is not immune to the short-stay problem. Even before restrictions were eased, an apartment in the building was listed on Airbnb. The multinational short-stay

High-rise truck saga

Our inner-city champion whom we have lauded in this column has written in with a poignant precis of her tribulations.  The outcome was ultimately a resident’s victory over a cohort of developers, managers and local government officials. It is a story of corporate inequity, and regulatory incompetence. This saga highlights the enormous challenges facing Consumer

Resident victory

A stalwart resident at an inner-city apartment complex has reported a monumental victory over developer chicanery and council ineptitude. “A win at last!!” she wrote, “I have won my battle to have the council defend my rights to enjoy my property according to the original Planning Permit.” Since 2017, this story has shaped up as a

High-rise, high-risk

The build-to-rent high-rise towers proposed for the Marvel Stadium precinct could become high risk ghettos for short-stays.  It is disappointing that Lord Mayor Sally Capp has been quoted as supporting the 28- and 30-storey developments on a dormant La Trobe St site – without any safeguards in place to prevent a short-stay takeover. If approved

Thank you, Shane

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Shane Scanlan, erstwhile editor of this masthead, and we readily recall how first we became involved with him.  The November 2015 issue of this newspaper’s sister publication Docklands News contained an article about the owners’ corporation (OC) at Watergate apartments in Docklands mounting a Supreme Court

Yes, yes, yes, Minister!

We have had three Ministers for Consumer Affairs since We Live Here started its advocacy role representing apartment owners and residents five years ago. Ms Jane Garrett, who introduced the short-stay legislation into Parliament in May 2016 had the first gig, followed by Ms Marlene Kairouz one month later, and now we have Ms Melissa

Insurance snub to short-stay risks

Insurance companies seem to have developed a distinct distaste for Airbnb and short-stays in general. Check out the small print in your latest home insurance policy Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). Just below the charming exclusions for hazardous materials or illegal drugs, you may find another squeamish aversion: short-stays. Your policy may well have something like

Knife fights and Airbnb

Another wild fight in an Airbnb apartment in the CBD left a number of young people with stab wounds and residents fuming about the under-regulated short-stay industry. A brawl broke out in a Spencer St apartment in March as about 50 revellers gathered at a private party. Police believe the fight began in the apartment

Government hypocrisy on the record

By Barbara Francis and Rus Littleson Hansard can be decidedly inconvenient for pivoting politicians. The state government managed to tie itself in syllogistic knots defending the indefensible this month, at the second reading of the Owners’ Corporations and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2019. Its stunning self-contradictions are now recorded in Hansard for posterity. They had

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