Property managers across Australia are being encouraged to share their thoughts on issues of domestic violence in a new nationwide survey.
The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) will be asking property managers to complete a three-question survey before the end of the month, with the results then to be used to assist and support property managers who may be dealing with issues of domestic violence.
According to REIA president Adrian Kelly, the insights will help the Real Estate Institutes learn how to better support agents and property managers who do encounter domestic violence matters in tenancies.
It will also better enable REIs to advocate to state and federal governments.
Mr Kelly has noted that domestic violence “can include tenants that are visibly distressed or physically harmed, damage to property as well as other indicators like rent in arrears or noise complaints to the landlord”.
“It is highly likely that from time to time there are instances of domestic violence that occur in rental properties that I manage within my own business and I am not aware of it,” he said.
“Because of this, I’m pleased that the REIA will be doing some work in this space in order to help stamp out this clearly deplorable behaviour.”
Acknowledging property managers as often at the forefront of having to deal with unsafe situations, Mr Kelly said that the REIA sees it as “essential” in protecting the property manager community.
In addition, with both National Property Managers Day on 23 July 2021 and the National Women’s Summit in late July, the president flagged now as “an ideal time to get important views from our property managers working at the coalface”.
The REIA stated that the survey is already being distributed via state and territory REIs, with property managers who want to get involved encouraged to contact their institute directly.
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