Environmental Health Officers - Housing. Permanent roles available!
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Haringey is a place of great opportunity, with enormous potential for growth - a growing economy, more and better housing and flourishing communities. Haringey is part of one of the world's greatest cities and they benefit hugely from that. This really is a great chance to embark on a career and gain invaluable experience within a forward thinking council that is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting London boroughs to work in.
Your new role
This is an opportunity to become part of the residential environmental health team within Haringey's Community Safety and Enforcement Service. Haringey is a diverse borough with a growing private rented sector which we are committed to ensuring provides good quality, safe, accessible accommodation for those who wish to live here. We recognise the need to work with landlords and agents and provide expertise, guidance and training to support landlords in exercising their responsibilities and achieving our common goal.
This role will involve being part of an expanding HMO licensing Team which is in the process of consulting on a borough wide Additional HMO Licensing scheme and a smaller Selective Licensing scheme within parts of the borough. The role requires a sound knowledge of the Housing Act 2004 and its practice. Good experience in HHSRS inspections programme and its associated enforcement, knowledge of HMO licensing, its application and the law that supports this.
- In accordance with The Housing Act 2004, using the licensing process and procedures, respond promptly to complaints about poor conditions and through investigation, evaluate risks, hazards and determine the nature cause remedy and urgency of problems.
- Work collaboratively with the owners and managers of licensable HMOs to ensure that their properties are licensed, well managed, maintained in a safe and habitable condition, and meet the amenity standards.
- Make effective use of advice, risk based interventions, licensing and enforcement action to improve housing conditions, eliminate or reduce hazards and ensure that all homes in the private sector are safe, habitable and, if required, licensed.
- Develop and maintain close working relations with Council services and a wide range of other stakeholders, 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 where an input is required from a number of teams, service delivery is well co-ordinated and the service user is kept fully informed of developments.
- Undertake a range of enforcement duties, as an Authorised Officer of the Council, such as obtaining 'warrants of entry' inspecting and assessing the condition of properties, producing written schedules of property condition and the works required under the Housing Acts, drafting witness statements, analysing legal and financial procedures and, where appropriate, preparing and executing cases requiring prosecution.
- Ensure that the Private Sector Housing Improvement Service is culturally sensitive, challenges discrimination and is delivered in a manner that is welcoming and accessible to vulnerable adults, people whose first language is not English, and people who have a disability, a learning difficulty or find it difficult to read or write.
- Meet regularly with a Senior Environmental Health Officer to review casework, in order to ensure a consistently high standard of work and customer care, an equitable distribution of the workload, and the effective monitoring of performance and outputs.
- Maintain a good understanding and awareness of Haringey's policies and procedures for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults and people affected by domestic violence, and alert Children's Services and/or Adult Social Care where it is suspected that a child or vulnerable adult might be being abused, neglected or harmed, or that a child is residing with a perpetrator of domestic violence.
- Ensure that all service requests are fully investigated and dealt with appropriately in accordance with the Council's policies, procedures and service standards
What you'll need to succeed
- Extensive experience of working in a team responsible for the enforcement of standards in private sector housing, and using risk based inspection programmes.
- Experience of using environmental health and housing legislation to enforce and raise standards in private sector housing.
- Proven experience of effective joint working, inter agency liaison and operating in a demanding working environment.
- Experience of developing new ways of working, collating and evaluating monitoring information, and initiating and managing new projects.
- Experience of managing staff and delivering a casework management service.
- Experience of using IT applications, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
What you'll get in return
Flexible working, defined benefit pension scheme, flexible retiring options, generous annual leave (which can be carried over from other LA's in some cases), long service award (which can be carried over from other LA's in some cases), learning & development, interest free season ticket loan, Reduced entry to Haringey leisure centres and gyms and childcare vouchers.
What you need to do now
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