In times of strife and confusion, it’s good to know who’s got your back. It’s even more important to know who hasn’t.
Recently in these pages, I briefly listed the organisations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland operated by and for apartment owners. That prompted a question from South Australia – “what about us?”
What indeed? According to this report in The Adelaide Review, service provider rorts are rampant in the city's apartment blocks.
This will sound familiar to residents in the eastern states who, because we began our battles early, do have organisations looking after our interests.
Predominant among these organisations is the Owners Corporation Network, which has elbowed its way to state government tables where serious discussions about the future of strata in NSW are taking place.
Begun 15 years ago in response to the developer defect rorts that are only now being addressed by the government, it can take great credit for NSW residents gaining protections against the rampant spread of short-term holiday letting that has blighted strata living elsewhere in the country.
OCN is actively involved in high-level discussions about the future of strata in NSW and has accumulated considerable collective wisdom as members share their experiences and tactics for dealing with problems.