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Real estate body renews calls for stronger consumer protection

11 Feb 13

Real estate professionals have again called for property managers to be licensed in South Australia to ensure that landlords and tenants receive professional and fair treatment when involved in a rental transaction.

The months of January and February are typically the busiest time of year for property management and with this in mind, the Real Estate Institute of SA (REISA) said that it was the right climate to encourage the State Government to consider the issue of licensing.

“With national licensing for real estate professionals on the agenda, there has been broad agreement that property managers will be licensed, to align with other States and Territories, but REISA wants licensing introduced sooner rather than later, for the benefit of all South Australians,” REISA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Troughton said.

“Other States and Territories have long realised that licensing is essential in this area, and we’re encouraging the Government to move the decision forward and bring South Australia into line with our interstate counterparts.”

“It has to be remembered that property managers have the responsibility of assisting people in securing shelter and conflict needs to be handled with respect, whilst still abiding by the law.”
“Professional property managers who value quality training and enjoy the challenges of this job strongly support the move to licensing as it’s a key to raising professionalism and valuing the role that property managers play in the community in managing hundreds of thousands of tenancies around the State.”