Private Housing Options Officer (CHOU988)
Temporary 2 year fixed term contract
£23,541 pa - £25,991 pa + Car Allowance up to £1,239 pa
Mid Sussex District Council is a dynamic, forward thinking local authority in the heart of southern England. We have clear priorities and are proud that local people consistently rate our services highly. We are based in Haywards Heath at the centre of the largest opportunity for development identified in the Coast 2 Capital Strategic Economic Plan and the Greater Brighton City Deal.
Working in local government is a highly satisfying and rewarding experience in so many ways. In return for the contribution, you’ll make to the local community, we are a great employer to work for, situated in a glorious part of the country with great benefits to offer.
We are looking for a Private Housing Options Officer with a proven track record and experience of working in such a role, preferably with a local authority, to join our frontline Housing Options Team.
The right candidate will increase the supply of private rented properties available to clients of the Council’s Housing Options Team. You will proactively develop links and positive working relationships with private landlords and letting agents to source homes in the private rented sector. By doing so, you will contribute to a proactive service for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, by maximising opportunities for them to rent privately.
You will also provide a tenancy sustainment service to tenants who have been assisted under the Council’s Rent in Advance and Deposit Guarantee Scheme, liaising with their landlords and the Council’s Housing Benefit Department where necessary to resolve problems and prevent homelessness.
The right candidate will enjoy teamwork and enthusiastically embrace our proactive housing options approach in preventing homelessness to find real solutions for people in housing difficulties. You will be a self-starter who is able to work on your own initiative and organise your own workload with a positive and flexible attitude.
You will have a good understanding and knowledge of the private sector housing market in Mid Sussex, together with a good understanding of the terms and conditions contained in a tenancy agreement or lease and knowledge of landlord and tenant legislation and of the welfare benefits that are available to tenants.
It is essential that you have a full driving licence and use of car.
In return for the above, we can offer an extremely attractive Benefits package, including: * Generous Holiday Entitlement * Local Government Pension Scheme * Flexible working * Free on-site car parking * Significant savings to membership at our 3 superb Leisure Centres.
Closing date: 24 September 2021
Interview date: 5 October 2021