Migrants may find it easier to rent a property in the ACT after the launch of a new initiative involving a number of local organisations, including the Real Estate Institute of ACT (REIACT).
Led by the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (MARSS), the ‘Investors can help’ initiative aims to educate the Canberra investment community about the need for housing and ways in which they can help.
Launched last week, the program is being supported by The ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the REIACT.
According to MARSS’ website, MARSS will aim to find suitable tenants for a property and will provide assistance to the tenant with the relevant documentation relating to the tenancy.
“MARSS representatives will also carry out on-site support visits and inspections, to ensure the property is being maintained well,” the organisation said.
“Furthermore, MARSS will act as guarantors on behalf of the tenants, in a bid to address any concerns arising out of the tenancy and provided interpreting services where required.”
“MARSS will also coordinate the process of placing suitable clients in appropriate homes, thus reducing unnecessary costs that may have to be incurred by potential landlords.”
MARSS said it is contracted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to deliver settlement services to new humanitarian entrants/refugees arriving in the ACT and surrounds.
“MARSS believes that there will be landlords in Canberra who believe that making money and helping others are not mutually exclusive,” the organisation added on its website.
MARRS added that REIACT’s involvement stems from its desire to help the Canberra community understand the issue.
“As a mandated requirement to their owners, property managers make recommendations on the basis of these known factors, which can make it difficult for property managers to place new arrivals as the recommended applicant,” MARRS said on its website.
For more information about this initiative, click here.