Lettings Officer

  • Job Reference: 125_21
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Employer: Lancaster City Council
  • Website: https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/
  • Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £24,491 to £29,577
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Lancaster City Council are pleased to offer a three-month opportunity (with the possibility of extension to six months) for an experienced individual to be able to champion older persons lettings in the Lancaster District looking to develop their career within the social housing sector.  You should have a successful track record in Lettings and believe passionately in delivering an excellent customer service.  You must enjoy dealing with a variety of people, particularly those over the age of 55, as the role involves meeting new customers on a regular basis.  You must be target driven, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment whilst dealing with all our customers in an individual manner. 

Lancaster City Council manages over 800 older person living properties and we are now seeking a successful applicant to be responsible for the lettings process of these properties from start to end, ensuring there is an efficient and effective liaison between all stakeholders e.g. the Housing Options team, the Tenancy and Estate Management team, the Repairs and Maintenance service, tenants and sub-contractors to achieve and minimise void turn-round times, whilst at the same time striving to improving the customer experience. 

Another essential part of the role will be to establish and maintain effective void management processes, formulating and managing procedures to drive down re-let times relevant to our older person stock.  

If you feel you have the drive and determination to succeed in this role, we would like to hear from you. 

The hours of work are 37 per week, working Monday to Friday. This post is ordinarily based at Morecambe Town Hall, however in line with current working practices, the provision of home working is available.  The post holder will also be required to be available to work from any of the other Council offices including the Housing One Stop Shop in Lancaster and other customer hubs within the District. 

The Council currently operates an excellent Flexible Working Hours Scheme which applies to this post. Subject to the needs of this business, this may allow employees to work between the hours of 6:00am-10:30pm. 

For internal applicants, this role can be a secondment opportunity. When this role comes to an end, a successful internal applicant will return to their substantive role. The secondment of an employee from another Service can only take place with the agreement of the Manager of the Service the applicant is contracted to. 

A full current UK driving licence is essential, as the post holder will be required to visit properties and carry out site visits around the District. Reasonable adjustments can be made for those who are unable to drive due to a disability. As a result, you will be required to sign up to the authorised external DVLA driving licence validation organisation that we use to manage and monitor our employees driving licence data. 

The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Lancaster City Council has unanimously declared a climate emergency and will therefore work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. As part of this role, you will be expected to participate and work towards reducing carbon emissions. 

We are a Forces Friendly employer, and an Armed Forces Covenant committed organisation. We welcome applications from defence reserves and other members of our armed forces community. 

Excellent benefits include: A Local Government Pension Scheme (the Council makes a 15.5% contribution). Discounted gym membership and discount on days out, activities and retail. 

Closing date: Monday 25th October 2021

Interview date: Monday 8th November 2021