Housing Standards Officer

Job Details

Swale and Maidstone Borough Council are looking for an Housing Standards Officer to help Investigations and inspections of dwellings and houses in multiple occupation; licensing HMO’s; preparation and service of relevant statutory notices; take other enforcement action where necessary and providing related advice and assistance to residents.

  • Undertake inspections associated with the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation and determine the category of any HMO inspected and the standards that apply to that property type.
  • Make referrals to both internal and external agencies where appropriate.
  • To take enforcement action as required, including the service of notices, preparation of statements, case files and court appearances, all in compliance with Council Policy.
  • Investigate allegations of unlawful eviction and harassment and take appropriate action.
  • To participate in the delivery of the Council’s Empty Homes programme.
  • Help support procedures for the inspection, monitoring and enforcement of statutory provisions relating to the private sector housing stock.
  • To oversee and process applications for disabled facilities grants and other housing assistance programmes.
  • Carry out property inspections and validate qualifying works in conjunction with an Occupational Therapist and Home Improvement Agency surveyor.
  • Preparing costings and ensuring all documentation is correctly completed prior to approval.
  • Approving low-cost variation of works.
  • Ensuring excellent communication between the various agencies involved.
  • Arranging for completed works to be inspected producing “snagging” reports and signing off works as complete prior to final payment where required.
  • Monitor housing grant schemes including Disabled Facilities grant applications, against statutory timescales and budget position and provide update reports to management.
  • Liaise with partner organisations including Home Improvement Agency, Social Services, NHS and Public Health, the voluntary and community sector and other local authorities.


Payrate: £21.75 umbrella