TAMWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL
Empty Homes Officer
£28,770 - £31,364 per annum
plus essential car user allowance
Hybrid working contract
37 hours per week
Temporary contract for 7 months
Set in the beautiful county of Staffordshire, Tamworth is a vibrant town with rich heritage. Located in the centre of Britain, with a growing population of over 77,000 people, Tamworth is a borough with much to be proud of. Our transport links, unique shopping experience, developing town centre, green spaces, leisure offer, including our cultural and wide-ranging outdoor events programme, as well as our heritage buildings, all help make it a great place to live, work, study, and visit.
In addition to all that Tamworth already has to offer, exciting times are ahead as we embark on a period of significant transformation. Multi-million-pound projects, such as the Future High Street Fund development will help to bring about lasting change and improvements in the future. This will assist with our mission to restore Tamworth town centre as the beating heart of the community, a place that people want to visit, rather than a place they have to visit.
Working for Tamworth Borough Council is more than just a job, it’s about making life better for the people who live and work in the Borough. We recognise that everybody who works at Tamworth Borough Council is key to successfully delivering its aims and objectives. We can’t do this without skilled and ambitious workforce working in a positive environment empowered to do their best.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Empty Homes Officer to join our partnerships team. Engaging with property owners, community groups and stakeholders in the area, the successful candidate will bring long term and problematic empty properties in Tamworth back into use, working closely alongside the private sector housing officers to promote good practice in the private rented sector within Tamworth.
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who is a great team player with experience working with empty homes. The role requires excellent organisational and communication skills, being able to communicate with people on all levels including council members, colleagues, and members of the public, and a good level of effective IT skills. The post holder will be working with community groups and other stakeholders in the area to contribute to the overall improvement of Tamworth and will be responsible for liaising with private landlords and property owners to improve stock in the private rented sector through property improvement, good management practices and bringing empty properties back into use.
The Empty Homes Officer will be a dedicated resource to work intensively in a specific area as part of a targeted approach to bring empty homes back into use. This will include carrying out investigations into empty, privately owned properties and negotiating with their owners to bring them back into use using appropriate enforcement action including enforced sales, CPO’s and EDMO’s, using a range of initiatives through both voluntary and enforcement action to achieve the desired results.
The person we are looking for will:
⦁ Be proactive in the role and have excellent communication skills.
⦁ Have experience in empty homes and in carrying out investigations to source suitable solutions in bringing properties back into use.
⦁ Be knowledgeable in legislation, policy, guidance, codes of practice, standards etc. relating to a range of legislative areas, keeping appraised of technical/scientific knowledge along with experience undertaking inspections, surveys and other investigations of properties under the Housing Act 2004 and other related legislation, as directed, along with attending court where necessary to attain legal orders for access to properties, and serve relevant notices.
⦁ Hold a certificate of competency in performing HHSRS assessments and hazard identification
⦁ Provide specialist advice in relation to Empty Homes and aid the wider economic development of Tamworth.
A valid driving licence is essential as you will be required to visit empty properties in the local area.
This is a hybrid working contract, there is a requirement for some of duties to be carried out at home and some on site. Site attendance will constitute more than 40% of available working time.
We have an extensive benefits package including flexible working, a non-contributory health scheme, Local Government pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, and payment of professional fees (where applicable), for further details please refer to the application information document on our website.
Appointment will be subject to satisfactory references, right to work in the UK check, medical clearance and DBS check.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Lisa Hall, Safer Community and Homes Manager, on 07580 591365
For further information and to apply please visit Tamworth BC Jobs.
Late applications and/or CVs will not be accepted. Agencies need not apply.
If you have any queries about the recruitment process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: 18th February 2024
Interview date: 5th March 2024
Tamworth Borough Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
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