Temporary Accommodation Officer

  • Location
    London, Greater London
  • Salary
    £ 16.52 - £ 21.38 / Hourly
  • Category
    Public Sector - Housing
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Public Sector
  • External Reference

Adecco are currently recruiting for a TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION OFFICER for a Local Authority in WANDSWORTH.

  • Temporary Accommodation Officer

  • Public Sector - Local Authority

  • Full time - 36 hours per week

  • Temporary role - 3 months (possible extension)

  • £16.52 per hour PAYE / £21.38 per hour Umbrella

  • ASAP Start (pending registration and compliance)

  • Based in Wandsworth

Job Purpose:

Responsible for the allocation, procurement and management of accommodation for homeless applicants.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the selection and letting of all types of temporary accommodation within statutory guidelines, under each Councils' sovereign housing duties and Homeless Code of Guidance.

  2. Responsible for the administrative functions in relation to temporary offers, including the statutory discharge of duty and investigating suitability reviews.

  3. Responsible for the management of accommodation provided to homeless households occupying various type of temporary accommodation managed by third party landlords through regular inspections. Ensuring occupation by homeless households, compliance proper standards of repair, health and safety and amenities to provide quality accommodation for homeless families. To be on call for out of hours emergencies and participate in duty rotas across the service.

  4. To attend court where relevant to matters of litigation or other legal proceedings. To draft replies for reports in respect of enquiries from Councillors, members, LGO, solicitors and other agencies.

  5. Responsible for administering, promoting and developing the Councils'' various housing procurement initiatives and projects. Responsible for promoting the various options and arranging tenancies for properties under the Councils' schemes.

  6. To ensure long term supply of competitively priced suitable accommodation to meet the Councils' statutory and policy aims

  7. Responsible for developing links and partnerships with private sector landlords and letting agents and other providers of housing to increase the supply of suitable accommodation to meet various housing duties and powers for households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and/or seeking housing mobility.

  8. Responsible for inspecting potential properties in and outside of the boroughs, assessing physical conditions and verifying various issues relevant to the suitability of such properties for the Councils' housing purposes. Negotiates, within approved procedures, the terms on which the Council will procure properties including the payment of monies whether by way of lease agreements or as procurement and/or tenancy renewal incentives.

  9. To provide any ongoing necessary support and advice for the landlords who have accepted referred applicants.

  10. Ensure that appropriate performance and accurate budgetary information is maintained, Acts as a verification officer, in line with applicable guidance from the Director of Finance and/or Head of Audit, for the purposes of confirming the authenticity of documents provided in support of claims for Local Housing Allowance.


Working effectively in a busy, pressurised environment within a team and under own initiative. As well as being able to adapt quickly when priorities and targets change.

To have working knowledge of complex legislation applicable to the post in particular, homeless legislation, guidance, case law, practice and landlord and tenant law

Good practice around property inspections

Proven excellent communication skills in dealing with applicants, particularly those with particular medical/disabilities.


The ability to work effectively in a busy, pressurised environment within a team in any location. As well as being able to adapt quickly when priorities and targets change.

The ability to apply working knowledge of complex legislation applicable to the role in particular, homeless legislation, case law, welfare benefits, relevant Codes, as well as landlord and tenant law,

To be able to understand to good practice in property management. To demonstrate the ability to undertake inspections in and out of the borough relating to health and safety standards in the private rented sector.

The ability to communicate mediate and negotiate effectively , in writing and verbally, with applicants landlords, letting agents, other teams and external agencies.

To be able to proactively pursue and maintain links with landlords and letting agents in order to maximise opportunities for procurement of properties.

Adecco acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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