Property Standards and Empty Homes Officer required for a fantastic contract based in Esher
- To work towards agreed objectives using own initiative to develop, prioritise and review activities by establishing work programmes and targets, ensuring desirable work outcomes are achieved within agreed time frames.
- To deal with requests and complaints from members of the public about poor housing conditions, investigate and take appropriate action, including:
- Undertaking property inspections
- Identifying defects and hazards using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System
- Identifying statutory nuisances
- Identifying statutory overcrowding
- Completing inspection reports and schedules of work
- Assessing best course of action to ensure compliance with legislation and council's Enforcement Policy.
- Where appropriate taking enforcement action including writing letters, undertaking interviews under caution and service of statutory notices through to prosecution proceedings and the undertaking of works in default.
- Attending court or Residential Property Tribunal and giving evidence as necessary.
- Liaise and negotiate with appropriate people and bodies e.g. fire officers, planners, solicitors, landlords, tenants
- To identify empty homes and bringing them back into use through:
- Supervise the proactive work carried out by the property standards officer to bring their property back into use.
- Dealing with complex complaints and enquiries concerning empty properties and where necessary, undertake detailed inspections and take appropriate enforcement actions.
- Prepare recommendations in line with council policies, and refer to other sections /organisations as appropriate.
- Liaison with colleagues in the council's Finance and Customer Services teams as regards the status and updating of the council's list of long-term empty properties
- Organising awareness of the empty property issues and any initiatives through appropriate promotional materials, publicity and education.
- To promote and monitor minimum standards in Houses in Multiple Occupation and administer the Council's HMO Licensing Scheme including:
- Identification and maintenance of HMO database
- Proactive inspection and regular monitoring of HMO dwellings
- Dealing with enquiries and applications for HMO licences
- Assessing applications for HMO licences, issuing licences and monitoring compliance with licence conditions
- Taking enforcement action in relation to non-compliance with licence conditions, not having a licence or otherwise not complying with statutory HMO requirements.
- Professional qualification in Environmental Health (e.g. degree or diploma), with certificate of registration from EHORB, or equivalent
- Hold certificate of competence in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System
- Experience of using environmental health housing legislation tools to resolve poor housing standards and deal with empty homes
- Experience of working within an Environmental Health Residential sector or working within an organisation dealing with Housing Standards and HMO Licensing related matters
- Experience in dealing with members of the public delivering excellent customer service.
- Previous experience of supervising and supporting others less experienced members of staff in delivering results.
- Locum Contract
- £28.85 per hour (Paid via Umbrella Company)
- Remote working with Occasional Site Visit
- 30 hours per week
If interested please call Jack on 01772 428186 or email