Housing Improvement Officer

Starting Salary £29,896 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £34,080

Full Time-Permanent

Community Services - Private Sector Housing

Thanet District Council

Thanet District Council serves the beautiful coastal towns and villages in East Kent; including Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Minster, providing an array of services to over 127,000 residents.

Thanet is a great place to live and work. Our historic seaside towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs are rich in heritage and opportunity. With the multi-million pound Turner Contemporary Gallery, the fast speed rail link to London, and the popular Westwood Cross shopping centre - this is an exciting time to join Thanet District Council. We are determined to improve the quality of life for local people. We believe that by listening to local people, working in active partnership and by being prepared to do things in an innovative way we can accelerate improvement and best meet the challenges ahead.

All posts include generous annual leave, flexible working (some posts excluded), a 37 hour week, as well as access to the local government pension scheme.

It is our policy to reward personal contribution towards the organisation's success. Your performance will be reviewed annually and your pay award will be based on your performance rating. 

Main Duties

Thanet District Council is looking for an experienced and motivated Housing Improvement Officer to join its Private Sector Housing Team. You will help Thanet’s private sector residents lead safer, healthier and happier lives by using the wide range of enforcement tools at your disposal in a confident and determined manner. You will have experience of using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the enforcement options available to you under the Housing Act 2004. You will also be expected to understand and be able to use alternative legislative provisions, such as that relating to statutory nuisance. This role will focus on responding to housing complaints and undertaking proactive housing and health initiatives in a multi-disciplinary environment. The postholder will also support empty property interventions and our licensing functions, which operate HMO, selective, and caravan site licensing regimes. This post will be attractive to anyone seeking to broaden their experience with a challenging and varied role where initiative and robust interventions are encouraged.


Essential Requirements

  • Applicants will hold a degree or similar qualification in housing, building surveying, or environmental health, as well as a competency certificate for HHSRS.
  • Relevant experience in the field of private sector housing.
  • Experience of preparing and serving a range of statutory notices and being an authorised signatory for the same.
  • This post requires you to have a full driving licence and own transport or requires travelling to sites in a timely manner equivalent to motor travel in your own car.

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires an enhanced DBS check.

Interviews will take place week commencing 24th July 2017.