Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough with excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. 72% of the population are from BAME communities, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is an exciting and challenging borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
The Borough boasts iconic landmarks such as, Green Street, the Olympic Park, Excel centre, Westfield Shopping Centre and the University of East London. Newham is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all. The Mayor of London has provided the Borough with £107 million funding through the ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme, supporting the construction of 1,100 new homes by 2022. From this we expect to see an additional 2,500 jobs created over the next decade, injecting £1.5 billion to the local economy.
About the role
Grade PO4 - £40869 - £43,860 pa
To improve the lives of the tenants and Newham residents whilst remaining dedicated to the service and corporate objectives. The Private Housing team seeks continuous improvement of property conditions through robust regulation, high standard inspections and intelligent intervention.
Your role is to assist in the development, implementation and lead our strategy for protecting private renters across the borough while helping to tackle social, economic and environmental factors. You will need to provide an excellent service to landlords, owners, occupiers and tenants in all tenures, using a range of intervention strategies, including enforcement, education and advice.
To be successful in the role you must have:
- Good knowledge of private sector housing and property licensing within the local government framework. Including, the enforcement and regulatory functions, of the Housing Act, Public Health, other landlord and tenant law and the application of all other relevant legal and practical principles.
- A good level of understanding of surveying techniques, building construction, disrepair, dilapidation, schedules of work and the application of risk assessments.
- Knowledge of the main functions of a local authority public health and housing functions
- Experience of giving advice on their rights and responsibilities to landlords, tenants and leaseholders.
- Experience of inspecting properties in poor, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in various locations, early in the morning, later at night and at weekends. To work proactively, often alone and with no supervision.
- The ability and experience of handling difficult situations in a calm and professional way, leading to a positive outcome.
- A high level of understanding and experience of construction technology, surveying techniques and extensive investigations on a variety of dwellings, including complex H.M.O’s. And preparing schedules of work and applying and using risk assessment.
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The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.
The closing date for applications is 24th October 2021.
For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact email@example.com
Due to high demand of applications, we reserve the right to close the vacancy early.