IMPACT course helps locals facing a rental nightmare

Skye Daniels enjoyed working with staff at Impact Community Solutions to make the rental market clearer.

IMPACT Community Services is once again running the popular Skillsets for Successful Tenancies – Dollars and Sense course, helping participants looking to get an extra advantage in Bundaberg’s difficult rental market.

IMPACT’s Lesley Allen said the free tenancy training program would help to educate tenants about important tenancy and life skills required to rent a property.

“IMPACT is passionate about supporting tenants experiencing difficulty in entering the rental market or keeping a property; especially given that Bundaberg’s rental vacancy rate was 0.4 per cent for the December 2020 quarter, according to data from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland,” she said.

Course participants are given a certificate of achievement upon completion which can be attached to their rental application.

It’s especially helpful for those who don’t have a rental history, whether new to the market or have previously been living in a mortgaged property.

This was the case for Skye Daniels, who has recently completed the course and said she was opened up to a lot of valuable information that she wouldn’t have learnt otherwise.

“For me this is another ideal reference towards getting a house which is something that I am looking to do in the next 12 months,” she said.

“I heard about the course from my IMPACT teacher and thought I would give it a go and I was pleased that I did.

“I have learnt some really different and interesting details in regards to the rental market and am looking forward to putting them in action.”

The course was created by the Tenancy Skills Institute (TSI) for which IMPACT is an accredited trainer.

The institute spent four years putting the course together, consulting multiple real estate professionals to identify tenancy issues and formulating the course content according to core competencies that a good tenant needs to have.

The TSI says the course creates tenants who were not only aware of their rights and responsibilities, but who could also effectively communicate with their landlords, clean and maintain a property, as well as manage their finances.

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive officer, Antonia Mercorella said the Tenancy Skills Institute provided a valuable free support service for tenants, particularly those transitioning into their first rental property within the private market.

“Beyond providing comprehensive training regarding a tenant’s rights and responsibilities, the program upskills people with the necessary tools to successfully manage their finances and budgeting, which ensures they are better placed to secure a rental property and become a tenant of choice,” she said.

The next face-to-face course begins on Wednesday 3 March and continues on the following three Wednesdays 10, 17 and 24 March.

Those who would prefer to do it online can do it anytime.

For more information call Lesley Allen at IMPACT on 4153 5233.