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Private Sector Housing Technical Officer
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC1001VR
  • Published: Mon 15/11/2021, 9:25 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 30/11/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 4 £26,450 - £32,207 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Private Sector Housing Technical Officer

Investigate complaints of poor housing conditions and undertake inspections of private sector housing to assess potential hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

To undertake the inspection of HMOs in relation to the Council’s licensing function management regulations and to assess conditions in relation to the HHSRS.

Prepare letters notices and schedules of work necessary to bring properties up to current statutory and Council standards and take appropriate enforcement action to secure necessary improvements.

To provide property owners, members of the public and businesses with general advice about the statutory requirements and guidance with regard to housing standards and management.

Qualifications/Experience/Knowledge

Degree in Environmental Health Housing or a Building related subject.

Qualified HHSRS practitioner

At least 2 years post qualification experience of working within a local government Environmental Health Team or similar.

You will be expected to inspect and survey a wide range of private sector residential properties including owner-occupied homes, houses-in-multiple occupation, and empty properties. You will also be expected to inspect properties in poor, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in various locations, this may include early mornings and evenings so a level of flexibility is expected.

You will also be taking on an existing case load.

Experience in undertaking property inspections and investigation of complaints of housing conditions and taking subsequent enforcement action.

Sound knowledge and experience of the regulatory framework guidance and good practice in relation to the Housing Acts Housing Health and Safety Rating System HMO legislation and associated enforcement legislation.

Full knowledge of enforcement processes to include, Licence condition checks, Improvement Notices, Prosecution procedures and Financial Penalty Notice procedures.

To have excellent IT skills, with experience of using a database system, Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote and Teams. Along with the ability to work on your own initiative, experience of dealing with customers both face to face and over the telephone.

Ability to use the relevant IT systems, to keep accurate records on all cases and ensure that each case can be tracked.

Ability to provide statistical and monitoring data, to outline both the current position and timescales involved in the adaptations/departmental processes.

To assist in the development of the close working relationship with the outside agencies, to assist with development of future projects.

To be conversant with the Council’s Housing Policy, develop good links with Housing Colleagues, to be able to advise clients and other professionals.

To act in accordance with the equal opportunities policy and undertake duties as required by directorate action plans.

To ensure office cover during working hours

To undertake any other duties as identified by the PSH Manager and Team Leader

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Lloyd Rees on 01634 331478

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.