- Pay Rate:
£32.12 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week:
37, Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
- Ellesmere Port,
Interim Housing Standards Officer
Reference no: Cheshire W 5218429
Pay Rate: £32.12 per hour PAYE
A Housing Standards Officer is required to raise housing standards through advice, advocacy, and enforcement in the private sector, and to assist the Team Leader to deliver and promote excellent services to the people of the local area and beyond as required.
- Inspections, investigations, and surveys of private sector properties 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.
- 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 client.
- Liaison with other 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.
- 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.
“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
- Degree and / or professional qualification in relevant subject (housing / environmental health / building construction) or substantial relevant experience.
- 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.
- Working knowledge of appropriate computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office and specialist Environmental Health databases.
- Awareness of wider private sector housing issues.
- Experience of housing law enforcement, including HMOs and HMO licensing and empty properties.
- Experience of provision of housing advice, including dealing with overcrowding, harassment, and illegal evictions.
- Experience of identification of housing defects and appropriate remedial action under HHSRS.
- Experience in the preparation of schedules of work and supervising building work on site.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
- Excellent negotiation skills.
- Good writing skills with the ability to draft correspondence and reports.
- Legislation interpretation.
- Prioritisation of tasks and working to deadlines.
- Manage time effectively under own initiative.
- Good team player.
- Persistent and have integrity.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.
- 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:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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