Environmental Health Officers, Open to flexible working

Camden, London (Greater)
£37,638 - £43,659 per annum  
19 Apr 2021
09 May 2021

Starting salary: £37,638

Job Level and Salary range: Level 4, Zone 1; £37,638 - £43,659 per annum  

Work Location: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Hours per week: 36

Contract type: 12-month Fixed Term Contract/ Secondment x 2 positions available

Closing date: Sunday 9th May 2021 23:59

Interviews to be held: W/C 17th May 2021

Alternative flexible working options available / open to discussion 

Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive, by making our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Because, we’re not just home to the UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. Following additional funding, we have the opportunity for 2 x Environmental Health Officers to join our service and make a real difference.

The Role

Camden’s Rogue Landlord Taskforce are at the cutting edge of dealing with the worst rogue landlords and agents exploiting tenants in the private rented sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a small multi-disciplinary enforcement team consisting of Environmental Health Officers, Tenancy Relations Officers (TROs) and dedicated legal support.

We are looking for 2 x enthusiastic and driven environmental health practitioners to join the Rogue Landlord Taskforce as we utilise the enforcement tools available to disrupt the activities of criminal landlords and agents operating dangerous and/or unlicensed HMO properties.

The role will require you to take personal responsibility for investigations into unlicensed and/or dangerous HMO properties, carry out reactive and proactive inspections, serve enforcement notices, issue civil penalties, and take prosecutions. You will also be required to consider other high-level enforcement interventions including rent repayment orders and banning orders for the most serious cases.

Initially the role will focus on the inspection of licensable and/or dangerous HMOs and the subsequent enforcement action.

Having EHOs and TROs within the same service enables the team to ensure that tenants are provided with holistic housing advice and enforcement action can be taken for harassment and illegal evictions as well as Housing Act 2004 offences. The multi-disciplinary set-up will allow you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 and other housing legislation which may not be part of a normal EHO housing role.

Although the role offered is for an initial 12 months fixed term contract it is hoped that these roles will become permanent at the end of this initial 12-month period.

About You

To be considered for this post you must be a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner (holding an EHRB Certificate of Registration Chartered status) or a qualified graduate who holds a BSc or MSc in Environmental Health enrolling on the CIEH’s Chartered Practitioner Programme. Applicants who are not EHRB registered or do not have Chartered status will start on a lower grade and accompanying salary until they become chartered.

The ideal candidate will be driven by a desire to act upon the poor treatment of vulnerable tenants by these rogue landlords and agents which often forces tenants to live in poor quality accommodation with an ongoing threat of illegal eviction hanging over them. You will be motivated to improve housing conditions and take the appropriate enforcement action to deal with the worst criminal landlords.

You will have a detailed knowledge/understanding of the Housing Act 2004 and other legislation that can be used to control poor housing conditions and the general legislative framework relevant to the team and its application to casework. You will have experience of taking enforcement action under the Housing Act 2004 in respect of unlicensed and/or dangerous HMO properties. You will also be trained on HHSRS and have a good understanding of house construction and components including an up to date understanding of improvement trends and capabilities including those around energy efficiency. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their involvement in managing, organising and coordinating cross-service projects, and identify how this has led to a successful outcome.

You will be an excellent communicator (both verbal and written) and will be adept at providing excellent customer care and communication skills in explaining complex and technical issues accurately, clearly and concisely both orally and in writing when dealing with all service users.

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how were supporting our residents with housing, and we’ll redefine what a career can be. If that sounds good to you, we’d love to talk. 

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