Rent Officer

Posted 06 February 2024
Salary Up to £24.00 per hour via an Umbrella Company
LocationWest Midlands
Job type Temporary
Discipline Social Housing Recruitment
Contact NameSamuel Birt

Job description

We are currently working in partnership with a Housing Association based in the West Midlands, who are recruiting for a Rents Officer on a temporary contract until the end of March. The position is due to start immediately. The hourly rate of pay is negotiable up to £24.00 via an Umbrella Company.

The ideal candidate will have a Basic DBS dated within the last 3 years, access to their own vehicle, and have proven experience of Rents Officer duties.

Duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Checking arrears schedules weekly, taking action as required in accordance with the Association’s policies with the objectives of minimising debt, maximising rental income and sustaining tenancies

  • Minimising debt and maximising income collection by prioritising tasks accordingly

  • Enforcing and initiating legal action by serving notices, preparing court papers and representing the organisation at Court Cases for rent possession claims

  • Managing and resolving credit and former debt accounts, taking action as appropriate

  • Liaising with debt collection (recovery agents) to ensure income collection is maximised

  • Challenging/querying Housing Benefit overpayments with tenants/leaseholders and Housing Benefit/DWP

  • Proactively negotiate/re-negotiate payment plans with tenants/leaseholders in arrears

  • Assisting residents with obtaining Universal Credit (UC), monitoring and taking action

  • Identifying fraudulent Housing Benefit Claims and taking the appropriate action

Experience required:

  • Previous experience working within the Social Housing sector

  • Experience working to meet targets and deadlines

  • Knowledge of up-to-date housing legislation

Skills, knowledge and expertise required:

  • Ability to deliver a customer focused service

  • Strong communication and negotiation experience and skills

  • Able to work with key stakeholders and partners

Rewards and Benefits:

  • Hybrid working with travel to the office every other week

Working hours:

  • 35 hours per week

  • Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm

Please note that you require recent experience to apply for this role.

James Andrews is acting as an employment agency and business in relation to this role.

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