Private Sector Lettings Officer – Housing

548849-1302-24155 NCD

Private Sector Lettings Officer – Housing
Waltham Forest, Walthamstow
£17.81 per hour PAYE or £22.38 per hour Limited paid via Umbrella Company inside IR35

Our client is looking for an experienced Private Sector Lettings Officer – Housing

This role is responsible for providing specialist support to reduce temporary accommodation use by matching suitable residents to properties in the Private Rented Sector.
This role offers hybrid working with a requirement to work from our office in E17 two days a week (flexible to meet the needs of the service). At the beginning of the placement, the successful candidate should expect to work from the office more frequently in order to become familiar with the role and the council’s processes.
Main areas of responsibility
To identify suitable customers and match them to various properties sourced through schemes including Out of London initiative, Capital Letters, More Homes, Local Space and other schemes as may be developed from time to time.
To ensure that customer needs are thoroughly assessed in line with Council’s policy and affordability and all relevant issues fully considered before making an offer, maintaining a record of the assessment for use by various teams.
Deal with refusals, ensuring that reasons for refusing a property are properly considered and duty discharged in line with statutory provisions and all systems updated.
Ensure that properties are offered and let within agreed timescales for the scheme, maintaining accurate records to minimise disputes.
Investigate and resolve all queries relating to nomination and void periods in a timely manner.
Reconcile invoices relating to schemes, raise payments as requested.
Ensure that customer records are kept up to date by updating all information obtained through customer contact on all relevant data base, ensuring that needs assessment is a live document.
Deal with management issues associated with the legacy private rented scheme
Administer the self-help scheme, check eligibility and compliance issues and arrange all necessary payments.
To perform the full range of duties of the Accommodation Placement Officers when required.
Nature of contacts
Key contacts are internal and external customers/stakeholders
Will involve direct contact with members of the public including dealing with challenging situations where influence may be needed.
Deal with people at all levels confidently, sensitively and diplomatically.
Knowledge, skills and experience
Commitment to high standards of customer care and the ability to deal sensitively with a wide range of customers.
Ability to communicate effectively to a broad range of stakeholders
Ability to write complex correspondence and reports
Detailed knowledge of the law relating to the suitability of temporary accommodation, and the ability, under pressure, to write effective decision letters offering properties or discharging the Council’s duty.
High level of IT skills working with a data base and software applications to produce letters and reports effectively, run excerption reports and identify input errors.
Up-to-date working knowledge of homelessness legislation, guidance and caselaw, and knowledge of the broader housing environment including welfare benefits.
Ability to work constructively with other services and agencies and to negotiate successful outcomes for customers
Ability to work in a pressurised working environment and to prioritise work to meet the key priorities.
High level numerical skills
A flexible approach to cover for colleagues and undertakes a piece of work at short notice.

PLEASE ONLY apply if you have the necessary skills, experience and expertise.

The first part of our recruitment process is to send your CV. Should you be short listed Colbern Limited will contact you within 5 days or we may contact you about other job opportunities. Colbern Limited along with our clients
are an equal opportunities employer.

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