Real Estate

Support property managers over domestic violence

PROPERTY managers will soon be better prepared to deal with domestic violence and stand up against the “deplorable behaviour”.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) is asking property managers to help them take a stand by filling out a short three-question survey, with the results used to assist and support property managers so that they will be safer on the job.
REIA President Adrian Kelly says these insights will be used to learn how Real Estate Institutes can support agents encountering domestic violence matters in tenancies.
“Domestic violence can include tenants that are visibly distressed or physically harmed; damage to the property as well as other indicators like rent in arrears or noise complaints to the landlord,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
Mr Kelly said the REIA viewed the incentive as essential in protecting the property manager community who were often at the forefront of having to deal with unsafe situations.
“With both National Property Managers Day on July 23; and the National Women’s Summit in late July, now is an ideal time to get important views from our property managers working at the coalface,” he said.
The Survey is anonymous and all data is used on a de-identified basis.