Queensland floods: Pooling resources

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Property managers from Queensland and interstate are pooling their expertise and time to help restore one of the most affected business communities in the Queensland flood disaster.

Volunteers from boutique agencies through to major real estate franchises are committing to helping rental businesses in Queensland handle the large number of property issues arising from the flood. Emily Sim, national operations manager for property management technology provider Apmasphere, says the company has designed a forum for affected businesses to request help and for the property community to volunteer assistance.
“One in seven properties in Australia is a rental property, meaning a significant number of flood-damaged homes affect a tenants’ family as well as the owners,” Sim says. “In towns and suburbs where property damage has been significant, rental premises need immediate assessment for minor through to urgent repairs, tradespeople need to be coordinated, displaced tenants need to be assisted, landlords need to be updated, and all of this needs to be given a priority ranking.
“An average office workforce simply cannot handle this workload.”
The Flood Support initiative is a clearing house for property managers to offer their time in support of their colleagues affected by the Queensland floods. “We can call tenants and check in on them and the state of the property, as well as find shelter and more permanent housing alternatives for affected tenants if their house is destroyed. We can contact landlords and advise the situation of their investment and coordinate lists of local trades people who are able to work in the aftermath of this event.

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