Housing Enforcement Officer – Private Sector

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Housing Enforcement Officer - Private Sector
NORTHAMPTON
Interim Position

WNC (HQ) WNC17926

Posted: 16th May 2024 09:52
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £26.92 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • NORTHAMPTON,

    NN1 1ED

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Interim Housing Enforcement Officer - Private Sector

Reference no: WNC (HQ) WNC17926

Pay Rate: up to £26.92 per hour PAYE depending on experience

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: NORTHAMPTON

Hybrid (2-3 days in the office)

Improve housing conditions in West Northamptonshire’s private sector – and effect a positive and sustained step change in the behaviour of landlords and letting agents – through advice, licensing, risk-based interventions and intelligence-led enforcement action. Including the optimum use of civil penalties, rent repayment orders and licensing fees to support intelligence-led approach to housing enforcement and maximise the impact in tackling criminal, rogue and irresponsible landlords.

Provide an efficient, high quality advice, information and enforcement service for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in order to ensure that all HMOs are well managed, safe and habitable and that all licensable HMOs are licensed.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake a range of activities including property inspections, HHSRS assessments, the drafting of schedules of work and the preparation and serving of notices, interviewing people under caution, executing warrants of entry and carrying out works in default and prepare cases for prosecution or the imposition of civil penalties to ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards across the Private Rented sector. Give evidence as necessary in the Tribunal and Courts Service.
  • Work collaboratively with the owners and managers of licensable HMOs to ensure that their properties are licensed, well managed, maintained in a good condition, meet the amenity standards and comply with the HMO Management Regulations.
  • Respond promptly, within agreed timescales, to complaints about serious disrepair and housing related nuisance in the private sector and, through investigation, evaluate risks and hazards and determine the nature, cause, urgency and remedy of the problems.
  • Develop and maintain close working relations with a wide range of other services and organisations in order to facilitate the flow of information, encourage joint working and cooperation, achieve the prompt resolution of complex problems and ensure that, even when an input is required from a number of teams, service delivery is always well coordinated and the service user is kept fully informed of developments.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with colleagues across the Team, and the wider Council ensuring delivery of coordinated services to tackle harassment and unlawful eviction, preventing homelessness, and ensuring that Council managed accommodation is compliant with Housing law.
  • Work proactively with Planning, Revenues & Benefits, Housing Options & Advice, the Anti Social Behaviour Team, Trading Standards, the Police, Immigration, the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service and other services to identify and target those HMOs that should be licenced but are not, and those non-licensable HMOs that need an urgent inspection because it is suspected that they are severely overcrowded, in a very poor state of repair and/or pose a very high risk to the occupants and their visitors. 
  • Maintain professional competence and keep abreast of developments in relation to private sector housing enforcement (including the introduction of civil penalties and rent repayment orders) and the relevant legislation through research and reading, attendance of courses and briefings, and the use of established networks. 
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and co-ordination of new working practices and initiatives that tackle overcrowding, reduce the number of licensable HMOs operating without a licence and improve private sector housing conditions.
  • Maximise personal productivity, minimise duplication and errors; and manage information efficiently and securely to reduce risk, though effective use of Office 365 and internal IT systems and applications.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles


Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Qualifications:

  • Qualified Housing Enforcement Officer, with a relevant Degree; or proven relevant Private Sector Housing enforcement experience.
  • Full driving licence and access to own transport for work purposes

Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of the Housing Acts, the Housing Health & Safety Rating System and local authorities’ regulatory and enforcement powers in relation to HMOs and private sector housing conditions, and their practical application
  • In-depth knowledge of the wider enforcement options available, beyond the Housing Acts, that contribute to the delivery of improvements to the standards of accommodation for tenants

Experience:

  • Experience of working in a team responsible for the regulation and enforcement of standards in private sector housing, and using risk based inspection programmes, utilising the full range of enforcement options
  • Experience of the production of enforcement cases, including giving evidence in the First Tier Tribunal or Magistrates Court for housing related matters
  • Experience of operating an HMO Licensing Scheme, including processing licences under both Mandatory and Additional Licensing, undertaking property inspections and ensuring compliance with licence conditions and legislation requirements 

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a variety of audiences, including Members, Senior Officers, landlords and letting agents, members of the public and the Council’s partners
  • Excellent negotiating and advocacy skills, and the drive and commitment to achieve positive outcomes for residents and service users
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritise work and meet tight deadlines 
  • Ability to analyse, manage and interpret information and data, and to use it to inform decision making and improve services
  • Ability to think and act strategically, using knowledge and experience to suggest and implement improvements to service delivery
  • Demonstrate effective use of Office 365 (incl. Teams, OneDrive, etc.) or willingness to undertake training during the probation period.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of Housing / Regulatory Services IT applications that support the delivery of services, currently the Council use M3 for this purpose

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Housing Enforcement Officer - Private Sector
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