Housing Standards Officer – Environmental Services

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Housing Standards Officer – Environmental Services
ELLESMERE PORT, Cheshire
Contract / Temporary

W Cheshire 5218425

Posted: 19th October 2022 18:12
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  • Pay Rate:

    £16.53 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • ELLESMERE PORT, Cheshire,

    CH65 0BE

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Temporary Housing Standards Officer – Environmental Services

Job Reference: W Cheshire 5218425

Pay Rate: £16.53 per hour PAYE

Job Purpose: Raising housing standards through advice, advocacy and enforcement in the private sector. To assist the Team Leader to deliver and promote excellent services to the people of Cheshire West and Chester and beyond as required.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Inspections, investigations and surveys of private sector properties in order to identify their condition with reference to all relevant legislation, standards and guidance.
  • Preparation of specifications and schedules of repair work and assessment of the progress and quality of such works.
  • Resolution of complaints relating to private sector housing matters, e.g., disrepair, HHSRS hazards, overcrowding, harassment, illegal eviction, houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing, empty properties, accreditation and immigration inspections in accordance with statutory provisions and council policy.
  • Advise the Team Leader on contraventions and commence appropriate enforcement action where appropriate with reference to the full range of legislation relevant to housing conditions, including preparation and service of legal notices, statements, attending court and provide evidence as a representative of the council.
  • Liaison with other council units (e.g. Benefits, Building Control, Planning, Housing Solutions, Nuisance Team), Landlords, Contractors, Ward Councilors, the Fire Authority and other outside organisations to achieve improvements in the condition / management of the private sector housing stock.
  • Delivery of proactive initiatives such as forums and specialist working groups aimed at landlords, students and other private tenants, including giving talks / presentations and general advice on private housing problems.
  • To lead on and deliver activity in accordance with the service objectives on joint initiatives and provide operational support to the senior officer in relation to specialist areas.

 

Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  1. Qualifications:
    1. Degree and / or professional qualification in relevant subject (housing / environmental health / building construction) or substantial relevant experience
    2. Corporate membership of relevant professional body (CIH, RICS, CIEH) - desirable
  2. Experience:
    1. Housing law enforcement, including HMOs and HMO licensing and empty properties
    2. Provision of housing advice, including dealing with overcrowding, harassment and illegal evictions
    3. Identification of housing defects and appropriate remedial action under HHSRS
    4. Preparation of schedules of work and supervising building work on site
    5. Court experience - desirable
  3. Knowledge:
    1. Thorough knowledge of current private sector housing law, including practical application of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), PACE and HMO legislation/licensing.
    2. Working knowledge of appropriate computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office and specialist Environmental Health databases
    3. Awareness of wider private sector housing issues - desirable
    4. Knowledge of caravan site legislation and control
  4. Specific Skills required for this Role:
    1. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
    2. Excellent negotiation skills
    3. Good writing skills with the ability to draft correspondence and reports
    4. Legislation interpretation
    5. Prioritisation of tasks and working to deadlines
    6. Persistent and have integrity
    7. Analytical skills relating to appreciation of financial and statistical data - desirable
    8. Ability to give presentations - desirable
    9. Flexible attitude to work routine - desirable
  5. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)

 

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

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. *** Other Work-Related Requirements:
    1. Valid driving licence and access to a vehicle
    2. Physically capable of carrying out inspections of dwellings
    3. Occasional work outside normal office hours
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for

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Housing Standards Officer – Environmental Services
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