HOUSING PARALEGAL

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

A Housing Association is currently looking for a Housing Paralegal on a temporary basis for about 3 months. Key responsibilities are as follows To provide specialist legal support to the temporary housing business Manage a varied caseload of housing legal issues including breach of tenancy matters, rent recovery, disrepair and dilapidations. Responsibility for an efficient and cost effective lease end management and possession process which mitigates business risk and ensures contractual obligations to landlords are met Provide legal advice training and support to officers and managers on solutions available to them related to breach of tenancy matters and other relevant issues that may arise Manage cases referred by officers or managers where legal action is required: including preparing notices and particulars of claim, collating evidence, preparing witness statements, consent orders, eviction applications and stay applications Injunctions may also be required. Personally representing and advocating on behalf of the company in court on a range of housing and lease issues Instructing and liaising with solicitors and barristers and negotiating with defence solicitors where required Maximising cost effectiveness of the legal budget, by evaluating cases and offering a range of solutions taking into account business need and customer satisfaction, this may include mediation, advising on the appropriateness of legal action and negotiating with defence lawyers to overall reduce costs Support the work of the team to deliver an excellent standard of customer service, leading to improved landlord and tenant satisfaction across the business Act promptly on complex rent/debt cases referred by housing officers to help them ensure rent collection levels increase and rent arrears decrease The role pays £20.06 PAYE and £26.37 Umbrella Essential requirements Must have worked in a similar position within Housing Must be immediately available or on short notice

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