Environmental Health Officer / Private Sector Housing Officer
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated individual to join the Private Sector Housing team of our client based in Central London.
We are looking for a confident and independent person with an understanding of empty homes issues, who can use their skills and experience to work with a small team to deal with the issues around empty homes.
You will have particular responsibility for establishing links with owners of such properties, seeking innovative and creative solutions to deal with empty homes and bring them back in to use in accordance with Council Policy and Strategy. In addition you will have responsibility for working with owners and external agencies to ensure the securing of empty homes against unauthorised access.
For this post you will need to have a flexible attitude, be a confident communicator and negotiator and be willing to work both as part of a team and independently.
You will also need a sound knowledge of house-construction and building practice.
To bring empty properties back into use through the implementation and further development of the Council’s Empty Homes Delivery Plan.
The post holder will be required to assist in the delivery of the Division’s service objectives by providing a full range of the duties consumerate with the grading and nature of the post.
The post holder will provide support to the Empty Homes Officer and undertake a range of duties within the Private Sector Housing Team in relation to Empty Homes including but not limited to the identification of owners of empty properties, the monitoring of known empty properties, the identification of previously unknown empty properties and returning those empty properties to occupation and/or managing conditions either through negotiation or enforcement.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
- To investigate complaints/enquiries concerning empty properties in the district and where necessary, take the appropriate action or refer them to the appropriate department or external organisation.
- Investigating and reporting on statutory or other public health related nuisances and taking action as instructed.
- Undertake external and internal inspections of empty homes; provide owners/landlords with advice and information in order to bring empty homes back in to use in accordance with the Council policy and legislation.
- Contributing to public participation meetings, manning of information centres etc. designed to publicise and promote aspects of the Division’s work. This may involve working outside of ‘normal’ office hours, in addition this may involve travelling to venues outside of the Borough.
- To maintain all appropriate records which may be required by management including any data which may be required for use in connection with any legal proceedings.
- To take reasonable care of your own health and safety and co-operate with management, so far as is necessary, to enable compliance with the authority's health and safety rules and legislative requirements.
- Manage caseload of requests for service in relation to empty homes and ensure adequate securing of properties where necessary.
- Offer advice and assistance in respect of the options available to clients to assist in bringing properties up to an acceptable standard and returning properties back in to use.
- Manage the long term empty property priority list and identify properties within this list for further action and ensure effective follow up action to return properties from this list back to use.
- Assist in raising awareness of the Council’s role in returning empty properties back to use and other empty property issues and initiatives.
- Develop and maintain links with regional and sub-regional local authorities, external agencies, other council departments and individuals to maximise opportunities and improve service delivery in accordance with the Council’s Housing Strategy.
- Assist in implementing the Empty Homes Delivery Plan in order to bring empty homes back in to use in accordance with the Council policy and legislation.
A minimum of 2 years’ experience in working in a related housing / environmental health / building / regeneration field.
Sound knowledge of building construction practices and procedures.
Experience of working with the general public, both face to face and on the telephone.
Good understanding of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System
Experience in the inspection of residential premises, including compilation of inspection notes and other related records
Experience in the preparation, service and enforcement of statutory notices including prosecution
Knowledge of the housing, public health and related legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to taking enforcement action including work in default.
Knowledge of enforcement practices, including preparing and producing witness statements, case files and attending court and/or tribunals to give evidence as and when necessary.
Knowledge of Empty Homes issues and returning empty properties back in to use, including funding mechanisms and opportunities.
If you have the right experience for this role and feel your skills and experience match the requirements, or if you would like more information on the role, please contact us on 020 8732 5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if this particular job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position within this field then please get in touch as we are recruiting for similar positions throughout the UK.