Housing advisers (also known as housing officers) provide support to people who live in social housing and housing association accommodation. They also help people access social housing or move to alternative accommodation if their needs change.
Other typical responsibilities include:
- inspecting properties
- arranging repairs
- referring clients to other support organisations
- keeping records
- solving problems such as missed rent payments and damage to properties
- finding alternative accommodation for clients.
- Local authorities
- Specialist housing advice centres
- Housing associations
Jobs are advertised on local authorities' and charities' websites and their social media. They're also advertised on national job sites and special sites for publications such as The Municipal Journal and 24 Housing. Recruitment agencies may also advertise vacancies.
There are no set qualifications for becoming a housing adviser, so it’s possible to enter the profession both with or without a degree. However, you can study on the job and work towards qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Skills and experience are usually more important than qualifications. Previous relevant paid or voluntary work experience will boost your application: look for opportunities via your university or college, or search for them on Do-It or TimeBank.
To find out about other careers in the public sector that you can get into via a school leaver route (eg an apprenticeship or school leaver programme), see the Key skills for housing advisers
Housing advisers' clients may have complex needs, so to be successful in this career you need to be sensitive to people's situations. Other essential qualities and skills include:
- excellent interpersonal skills
- good verbal and written communication skills.