Private Sector Housing Officer

Job Category: Technical & Professional
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Contract Type Temporary
Duration TBC
Location Milton Keynes
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £25.00 per hour, Flexible

About the Role:

We are seeking a Private Sector Housing Officer to ensure all private sector housing in Milton Keynes is safe, habitable and well maintained.

As Private Sector Housing Officer you will meet specific requirements contained within relevant legislation and council policies, procedures and processes with regards to compliance and enforcement of legislation and inspect dwellings and administer awards under housing assistance schemes.

You will be required to undertake investigations to establish the condition of premises and ensure compliance under the Housing Act 2004, including inspection of empty private sector properties.

Private sector housing is a large and complex area of work. It interfaces with many agencies including members of the public, Regulatory Unit, Planning, Police, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, parish councillors, councillors and MP’s. As Private Sector Housing Officer, you will negotiate and influence individuals and groups so that legislation can be used to the advantage of residents and visitors.

For further information on this role please, contact us.

  • Ensure the highest quality of private sector housing in Milton Keynes by undertaking investigations, inspections and enforcement activities in response to complaints and enquiries, ensuring that government and council policies, objectives, plans, priorities and legislation are successfully implemented.
  • Prepare cases for prosecution and attend court when necessary and to ensure that evidence is presented accurately and appropriately.
  • Ensure that breaches of legislation are identified and reported on accurately and appropriately.
  • Investigate empty properties and to take all the necessary action to bring properties back into use.
  • Ensure that the HMO licensing scheme is applied correctly.
  • Ensure that the flexible loan and grant schemes are applied.
  • Negotioate across a range of internal council services and letting agencies to ensure the safe condition of private sector properties.
  • Ensure all relevant information is recorded on agreed database and systems are in place to carry forward items such as expiry of notices, next inspections and pending prosecutions
  • Carry out inspections of properties on your own and follow the lone worker procedure.
  • Maintain a comprehensive level of understanding of legislative, social and technical changes across the full range of issues affecting the operation of the team
  • Evidence of working knowledge and competency of HHSRS and the legal framework for management of private sector dwellings
  • Extensive knowledge of all relevant legislation and codes of practice
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to a range of audiences
  • Evidence of knowing the rules and procedures in relation to carrying out investigations
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work and delivery deadlines
  • Evidence of having developed and maintained effective relationships with internal and external bodies
  • Evidence of understanding the nature and sensitivities of working within local government, or within organisations partnering local
  • Professional qualification of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health BSc Honours (equivalent to NVQ level 6) or MSc (equivalent to NVQ level 7) or appropriate Housing Qualification equivalent to at least level 4 NVQ or equivalent demonstrable knowledge in area
  • Practical knowledge of APP, word and Excel
  • Evidence of report production using modern software packages
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Civic Offices
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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