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Property Standards and Empty Homes Officer

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  • Sector:

    Housing & Local Authority

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  • Salary:

    Up to £28.85 per hour

  • Contact:

    Jack Fellows

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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Property Standards and Empty Homes Officer required for a fantastic contract based in Esher

The Role

  • 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.

The 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.

The Contract

  • 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