REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella and general counsel Kat Beavon appeared at a senate inquiry into Australia’s rental crisis in Brisbane.
The inquiry heard from a range of stakeholder groups and individuals with lived experiences of the current rental conditions.
Ms Mercorella said despite a diversity of views and experiences shared to the inquiry, a common theme that emerged was the need for greater housing supply.
“There was also a desire for improved certainty, safety and security for all those involved in rental relationships – including tenants, lessors and property managers,” she said.
“Additionally, the inquiry revealed the urgent need for focussed attention and support for the most vulnerable in our community and for key workers.”
Ms Mercorella said the REIQ acknowledged its disappointment in response to stories and allegations of poor property management practices and conduct.
“As the peak body for real estate in Queensland, the REIQ is committed to education and training to ensure high levels of professionalism,” she said.
“We know that the vast majority of property managers are committed to doing the right thing by their clients and tenants, but we recognise that there are exceptions.
“Poor property management practice impacts tenants and damages the reputation of the entire property management sector.
“Sadly, as in all industries, there will be those who act outside the legislative requirements and best practice standards.
“The state government can help to address this by introducing mandatory continuing professional development requirements for real estate professionals, after promising to do so eight years ago.”
Key insights and topics raised by the REIQ included:
- The number of investor-held properties being sold has increased and is higher than average levels;
- That no-one is immune to the rising costs of living – property investors are facing the pressures of rising holding costs due to inflation and interest rates;
- The impact that cumulative rental reforms have had on property investors in Queensland;
- The nationally harmonised rental laws proposed by National Cabinet are reflective of the laws currently in place or in progress in Queensland;
- That more needs to be done to create a pathway to home ownership;
- The pressures facing property managers on the frontline of facilitating rental relationships; and
- Market interventions, such as rental controls, could have a range of long-term negative and counterproductive consequences.