Agent for change

Posted: 9am 22 Mar 2021

Being named the AREA Most Influential Woman in the Property Market for 2020 has given North Lakes property manager Laura Valenti a powerful platform for raising awareness about domestic and family violence.

The managing director of Solutions Property Management received the award for her work educating her staff and property owners about the role they can play in supporting victims.

Laura says she and others in the industry are uniquely placed to help people who find themselves experiencing violence.

“We’ve always had domestic and family violence on our radar, but COVID has probably brought it out even more,” she says.

Relationship of trust

“We are not counsellors, but property managers are a bit like hairdressers, with an unusual relationship with our clients.

“As part of our job we go into homes where not even her family would be invited in.”

Laura says the intimacy of the relationship and four-monthly visits to homes allows property managers an insight into women’s lives and they are in a position to notice if things seem not quite right.

“They have to let us in, so we might be the only person who visits the property.”

Education the key

She is working to educate her team, owners of properties the company manages and tenants about the signs of domestic and family violence and where to get help.

The Solutions Property Management website has links to support resources and newsletters to tenants and owners contain information about the issue too, as well as tips for property maintenance.

Laura says the state government’s emergency tenancy response to COVID-19, which introduced provisions for tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly, are a positive step and she hopes they will be made permanent.

Working with owners

She says her company deals with women fleeing their properties because of violence, and works with owners to release them from leases without penalty.

“The lease can be a financial burden and whether or not the perpetrator is living there it needs to be terminated,” she says.

“Some owners are really compassionate but others say the lease exists and then we have to go to a tribunal and the women end up abandoning the lease.”

Find more local news here.



How to Grow Beautiful Orchids, Tips From the Experts

According to the members of the Caboolture Orchid Society, one you get the hang of growing orchids, there's a high risk of addiction.…

New park is out-of-this-world

A new space-themed playground at Westminster Park in Bellmere will open this week.…

More you might like:


Local News   •   1-8-2021  •   Kylie Knight

COVID-19 UPDATE: Nine new cases

There have been nine new cases detected of COVID-19's Delta variant in the community in the past 24 hours and all are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster. Here's the latest from this morning's press conference.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Community rallies to support producers

The community has rallied to support producers devasted by the snap lockdown and cancellation of this weekend’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival. They have bought about $10,000 worth of produce and will collect it tomorrow at Dayboro and Samford.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Students ready to hack into data for skills test

USC Engineering and Computer Science students will hack into open government data next month to find solutions to real-world problems at GovHack, which is being hosted by USC Moreton Bay for the first time.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Lockdown forces events to cancel

The snap three-day lockdown, which takes effect at 4pm today has forced the cancellation of many big and small events across the region. Here’s a list…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Snap three-day lockdown from 4pm

Moreton Bay Region is one of 11 council areas going into a snap three-day lockdown from 4pm today. It comes as Deputy premier Steven Miles announced seven new cases in Queensland in the last 24 hours.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

‘80s party vibe strikes a chord

Redcliffe-based band the Killtoys have found inspiration in the pop/new wave vibes of the 1980s for their latest single and it seems the punters are loving it.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition