Housing Officer

  • Job Reference: 2743
  • Date Posted: 20 May 2024
  • Recruiter: Riverside
  • Location: Leeds
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £25,965.41 to £27,112.48
  • Role: Frontline jobs
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job Description

Job Title: Housing Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £25,965.41 (£27,112.48 is achieved after 18 months successful performance in the role)
Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Working Pattern: 5 days per week including alternate weekends and bank holidays
Location: Bracken Court, Leeds

 

If you share our values and are excited about making a significant impact at Riverside, please ensure you attach a current CV and covering letter. At Riverside we recruit to potential not just on skills and experience, so we encourage you to apply even if you don't meet all the essential criteria on the job description.

 

The difference you will make as a Housing Officer

This role is based at Bracken Court in Leeds.

Bracken Court contains 50 units and tenants stay for an average of between 6 months to 1 year.

We provide a Housing Management service to assist move on and make tenants ready for permanent accommodation.

You will work as part of a committed team and undertake a range of tasks to deliver an outstanding housing management service across several property types, ensuring you are always putting the customer first.

 

About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • Ideally a car and driving licence as the role may require travel across West Yorkshire. Business mileage is reimbursed in line with Riverside policy.
  • A friendly and positive can-do attitude 
  • Experience in customer facing roles delivering excellent customer service
  • Strong administration & IT skills including report and assessment writing using Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbally
  • Ability to work under pressure in challenging situations
  • Strong attention to detail with analytical skills
  • An interest in the UK Benefits System and Housing & Immigration Law
  • An open mind who is willing to develop and learn new skills
  • An interest in Housing and Housing Law, UK benefits, increasingly Immigration and Immigration Law  

 

Why Riverside?

At Riverside, we’re a housing association with a difference – enhancing the everyday for all our customers. For 90 years, we’ve been revitalising neighbourhoods and supporting communities by providing the homes they need to live full, fulfilling and rewarding lives. 

We have a portfolio of over 75,000 affordable residential and retirement homes across the UK. Our work ranges from homelessness services to social care, employment support to retirement living, and we need the best people on board to help us.

 

Working with us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Competitive pay & generous pension 
  • 28 days holidays plus bank holidays 
  • Flexible working options available
  • Investment in your learning, personal development and technology
  • A wide range of benefits

 

Diversity and Inclusion at Riverside: 

We are inclusive. At Riverside, we value diversity in all its forms. We foster a workplace where all individuals are respected, empowered, and heard. Our commitment to inclusivity drives our success and enriches the lives of our customers and colleagues. 

 

Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

 

Role Profile

Deliver an Allocation & Letting Service:

  • Liaise with external stakeholders to deliver an effective referral pathway into the service/properties
  • Ensure occupancy targets are met, through lettings and refurbishment of empty properties in line with the scheme’s re-allocation procedures
  • Allocate properties ensuring customers meet the criteria, affordability and required landlord checks
  • Meet with customers to provide practical support with setting up a new tenancy, ensuring all documents are complete and liaising with external stakeholders if required
  • Show new customers the accommodation and communal amenities, clearly communicating tenant responsibilities and compliance to enable them to fulfil and maximise their tenancy
  • Visit new customers to make sure they are settling into their accommodation and are being supported to follow their tenancy agreement

Deliver a Housing Management Service:

  • Be responsible for ensuring empty properties are referred to Asset colleagues for void works, following the void procedure to ensure rooms are ready-to-let
  • Report and monitor the delivery of reactive repairs within properties to ensure they are maintained and health and safety compliant
  • Liaise with contractors and colleagues around planned maintenance programmes, ensuring that on-site delivery is well co-ordinated and in line with customer requirements
  • Undertake day-to-day housing management duties, ensuring high standards of cleanliness are maintained within services and that rooms are prepared, ready for site inspections
  • Proactively support customers experiencing issues that may put their accommodation at risk; where appropriate issuing warnings and Notices to Determine (NTDs) in consultation with Service Managers
  • Prepare files and case notes in readiness for court
  • Deliver a tenancy sustainment advice service to support customers to maintain their accommodation, e.g. claiming correct benefits
  • Work directly with customers to monitor or reduce issues of anti-social behaviour within the service
  • Meet regularly with customers to discuss ways to improve their accommodation, promoting involvement and consultation on matters impacting their housing
  • Ensure the safety of our customers by recognizing and acting on any risk by following local safeguarding procedures and escalating appropriately
  • Monitor and assist in maintaining health and safety requirements standards

 

Deliver an Administration Service:

  • Carryout administrative tasks to support efficient running of the service
  • Produce reports and other written documentation as required to support housing management delivery
  • Maintain and update clear, accurate and strength-based records on the appropriate digital platform
  • Assist schemes in daily operational tasks, including answering phones and working on Reception, as required

 

Other Information

  • You will be required to work flexible hours to meet customer and business needs, which may not include normal office hours
  • You will be required to travel to different properties within the defined area as and when required
  • Use the Lone Worker system as and when necessary
  • Ensure customers are safe at all times - carrying out all of your duties within Riverside’s Policy and Procedure Policy and Procedure framework e.g. health & safety, safeguarding, dignity at work, GDPR opportunities, cash handling, etc
  • Deliver your role in line with Riverside company values – “Our Riverside Way”
  • Participate in team meetings, attend regular supervisions and reflecting practice sessions
  • Undertake regular training and take responsibility for continuous development to enable you to deliver your role safely
  • From time to time you may be required to undertake additional duties and responsibilities in consultation with your Line Manager

 

Person specification

Essential

  • An understanding of the barriers faced by vulnerable and diverse customer groups and individuals with complex needs
  • Experience of working within house management
  • Be a team player with a caring, empathetic, flexible and have a resilient, can-do attitude.
  • Previous experience in positively resolving incidents
  • Demonstrate initiative and confidence to make and act on decisions
  • Competent administrative and IT skills (to be able to produce reports and other communications)

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of current benefit systems
  • Knowledge of Housing regulations
  • Experience of working in challenging environments with the ability to plan, prioritise, organise tasks to achieve results 
  • Experience of working within a care & support environment