HMO Licensing Officer
The council aims for its residents to live in suitable accommodation that meets their requirements. Houses in Multiple Occupation are an essential resource to meet the varying needs of residents. Within an HMO there are a differing number of households living in the same building, consequently there are specific legal responsibilities that landlords/managing agents of such accommodation must comply with. The role of the HMO Licensing officer is to ensure that HMOs subject to mandatory licensing meet the required standards in relation to room sizing, fire safety measures, enough kitchen, personal washing, bathing and toilet facilities. You will have to assess floor plans to check that the required standards have been met before processing the licenses. You may have to visit properties to determine whether the property is an HMO and to investigate allegations of a property being an unlicensed HMO. In addition, you will give advice to the tenants, landlords and agents on the licensing process and respond to enquiries.
Applicants should also have the relevant skills to build and maintain effective professional working relationships with internal and external partners. You will be required to ensure that a high quality service is delivered which meet service targets. You will need to demonstrate a knowledge of housing legislation and policies relating to the Private Rented Sector, the licensing of HMOs. Possess good IT skills including the use of MS based windows software. Able to input and interpret information from a range of computer packages. Ability to write grammatically correct correspondence in plain English. Ability to respond to customers in an appropriate way. Excellent time management and organisational skills. Understanding of the need for confidentiality.
Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.
For any informal enquires please contact Matthew Smith, PRS Manager on 07766 924370 or email Matthew.Smith@Birmingham.gov.uk
We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.
Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants. All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead
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