REF - ENFO00014
CONTRACT TYPE - Permanent
INTERVIEW DATE - 16/08/2021
CLOSING DATE - 08/08/2021
About this job
An opportunity has arisen to work within the council's Private Sector Housing Team as a Compliance officer to carry out the functional operations to deliver the Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme.
- The post holder will be required to deliver all aspects within the person specification attached to this JD to ensure we regulate our private rental stock.
- The post holder will be required to work across the council, the local community and the council’s partners to deliver outcomes of the programmes.
- The post holder will be personally responsible for ensuring that resources are adequately utilised and maintained and that schedules of work are completed on time and to a safe and acceptable standard.
- The post holder will be required to provide information and advice relating to the service area.
- This job specification requires all post holders to be trained and hold a certificate in Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS). All post holders will be regularly tested for level of competence in order to be delegated to act on behalf of the Local Authority.
Special requirements for this post
- Carry out compliance inspections and a range of investigations and enforcement activities including the preparation of reports and assessments that require further intervention.
- Investigate complaints and referrals and other enquiries from the community; analyse and determine enforcement approach. Arising from activities,
- Liase and consult with associated parties and agencies, the community, Local Councillors and others who may have an interest in the scheme.
- Be able to analyse data and make decisions and recommendations to the team leader.
- Be able to advise and educate stakeholders and make referrals for enforcement action. Where appropriate, take formal action on behalf of the Council, including:
- Recommend / serve written warnings, statutory and other legal notices
- Ensure compliance through warnings / notices
- Recommend cases for legal proceedings
- Gather evidence, prepare thorough notes and statements, witness statements and prosecution reports
- Give evidence at Court, Public Hearings and Tribunals
- Carry out follow-up visits where informal / formal action has been taken.
- Ensure non-compliant properties are regulated and made compliant through a range of intervention.
- Prepare and present comprehensive reports and attend various Council / departmental meetings as required.
- Develop and maintain performance management and data collection systems to ensure that a robust investigation culture is maintained, and that all targets and indicators are monitored and achieved in order to support best practice and best value. Maintain security of case / filing system.
- Manage and monitor own caseloads, priorities, casework, visits and the progress of enforcement activities, ensuring objectives, professional standards, targets and timeframes are managed and met, and ensuring quality decisions.
- Keep up to date with and assess changes in legislation, EH policies, procedures and systems, enforcement techniques, standards, codes and field work programmes; recommend changes to practices and implement.
You will have the skills and ability to use your creative thinking to inspect properties, help tenants and landlords see their strengths and achieve positive outcomes. You will have gained experience in working collaboratively within a multi-agency/multi-professional setting with relevant statutory agencies, landlords and tenants, Police as well as Third Sector organisations within the local authority.
This is an exciting time to be part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We have been on a journey over the last few years, that has seen us transform the council and the way we deliver our services with our community at the heart of this transformation. We are putting our heart back into tenancy sustainment, supported by our relational practice model, we ensure tenants are well looked after by ensuring landlords follow due process to deal with situations in their rented properties. We need a committed individual to support us in the delivery of these aims and to become part of our team to make a difference to our private rented tenants and their families . In return, we offer a competitive pay package, annual leave entitlement, development as well as a commitment to your wellbeing. The council supports a model of flexible working, providing the necessary IT so staff can work from any location that meets the needs of the people we support. Our borough is vibrant and diverse, and this is something we are proud of. We value the diversity of people who live, work, and visit Barking and Dagenham and it is our vision is to create a place where people understand, respect, and celebrate each other’s differences. Join our service and help us celebrate what it means to be a proud part of Barking and Dagenham. To apply, please complete the application including how you meet the requirements of the person specification as indicated in the job description.