Housing Standards Officer

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Housing Standards Officer
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Interim Position

Cheshire W 5246710

Posted: 26th March 2024 15:22
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  • Pay Rate:

    £32.12 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • Ellesmere Port, Cheshire,

    CH65 0BE

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Interim Housing Standards Officer

Reference no:  Cheshire W 5246710 

Pay Rate: £32.12 per hour PAYE 

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

City: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Candidates must have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle. Also, prepared to work outside normal working hours.

Mainly office based (Ellesmere Port) but some scope to work from home on occasions.

The purpose of the role is to raise 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.

Key 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 Councillors, 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.

 

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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.


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:

  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.
  3. HHSRS certified and have extensive experience of identifying hazards in properties.

 

Knowledge & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Housing law enforcement, including HMOs and HMO licensing and empty properties.
  3. Good knowledge of relevant legislation and enforcement action.
  4. Experience of caravan site licensing would be an advantage.
  5. Provision of housing advice, including dealing with overcrowding, harassment and illegal evictions.
  6. Identification of housing defects and appropriate remedial action under HHSRS.
  7. Preparation of schedules of work and supervising building work on site.
  8. Though knowledge of current private sector housing law, including practical application of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), PACE and HMO legislation/licensing.
  9. Working knowledge of appropriate computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office and specialist Environmental Health databases.

 

Skills & Abilities:

  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. Manage time effectively under own initiative.
  7. Persistent and have integrity.

 

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