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Housing Enforcement Officer

  • Job reference: 19852
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Housing Professionals
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Job description: Housing Enforcement Officer - Northampton
To improve housing conditions in Northampton's private sector - and effect a positive and sustained step change in the behaviour of landlords and letting agents - through advice, licensing, risk-based interventions and intelligence-led enforcement action.

The Role
The focus of this role is to improve the housing conditions of the private sector throughout Northampton, this will include the following responsibilities:
*To provide an efficient, high quality advice, information and enforcement service for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in order to ensure that all HMOs are well managed, safe and habitable and that all licensable HMOs are licensed.
*To make optimum use of civil penalties, rent repayment orders and licensing fees to support Northampton's intelligence-led approach to housing enforcement and maximise the Housing Enforcement Team's impact in tackling criminal, rogue and irresponsible landlords
*Develop and maintain close working relations with a wide range of other services and organisations in order to facilitate the flow of information, encourage joint working and co-operation, achieve the prompt resolution of complex problems and ensure that, even when an input is required from a number of teams, service delivery is always well co-ordinated and the service user is kept fully informed of developments.
*Actively encourage members of the public and other stakeholders to provide the Housing Enforcement Team with information about the way in which properties are being managed, used or maintained, in order to help the Council to identify, investigate and prosecute offences under the Housing Act 2004 and other legislation.
*Work collaboratively and proactively with the Tenancy Relations Officer and the Housing Options and Advice Team to ensure the delivery of efficient, joined-up services that tackle harassment and unlawful eviction, prevent homelessness, deal effectively with disrepair and improve the management and standard of private rented housing.

The Candidate
To be considered for this role, it is essential that you have excellent working knowledge and experience of the Housing Acts, the Housing Health & Safety Rating System and local authorities' regulatory and enforcement powers in relation to HMOs and private sector housing conditions, and their practical application

The Contract
This is a full time role, running, initially, until the end of January 2019.

How to Apply
To apply for this role, please forward your CV to Lee at Service Care Solutions, on lee. mcmillan @ servicecaresolutions. org. uk - if you wish to discuss the role in more detail, please call Lee on 01772 208 966.