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Housing Standards Officer / Senior Housing Standards Officer

Directorate

Location:  Town Hall
Salary:  £29,439 to £36,298 per annum pro rata
Post Type:  Part Time
Hours per Week:  29.6
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 12 December 2022
Reference:  DEPH02007-1

Development and Housing Directorate.  Applications are invited for the post of Housing Standards Officer (Senior Housing Standards Officer subject to Career Grade Scheme, a copy of which is attached) located in the Housing Standards Team. 

Preston has a mixed private housing stock with many areas of significant new development but, like many older industrial towns, it also has a legacy of older housing, some of which falls in to long term vacancy. The Council has a statutory duty to ensure standards within the private sector are maintained, particularly in properties which are rented. This post will therefore primarily involve dealing with a caseload of properties to ensure the relevant standards are in place. You will be required to undertake visits and inspections, identify defects and put measures in place to improve properties. This will include the preparation of schedules of work, legal notices and in some cases prosecution files and court action. You will also be involved in administering and issuing statutory licences for Houses in Multiple Occupation. 

To undertake this work, you will need to liaise and deal with tenants, landlords, property agents and also other professionals such as Fire and Rescue services, the Police, contractors and other Council services. In addition, this role will complement the work of other Environmental Health and Housing services to deal with empty properties, raise housing standards in the private sector and deal with the statutory nuisances that properties in poor condition can often cause.

Although training and supervision will be provided, it would be highly desirable for the successful candidate to have experience of delivering a regulatory service to the public. In addition, a knowledge of, or recognised qualification, in building and construction in the domestic sector would be highly desirable. 

The post is advertised for 29.6 hours per week (which will need to be worked over four full days to compliment service needs and will be agreed with the successful candidate prior to commencement).

The career grade scheme in place also means that any offer of appointment will be subject to a consideration of the applicants' qualifications and experience and the grade offered will reflect both of these aspects.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held w/c 19th December.

For an informal discussion about any aspects of the role, contact Les Crosbie, Team Leader, by e mail at l.crosbie@preston.gov.uk 

Further details:    Job Outline     Employee Specification     Career Grade Scheme    
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