06 May

HHSRS: Damp, Mould and Excess Cold

Two half-day workshops: 6 and 7 May

CIEH member: £180
Affiliate member: £280
Non-member: £280

Please note that this training will be delivered via the Zoom online platform.  Please ensure that you are able to access this prior to booking.

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This workshop will highlight and discuss the issues local housing authorities face with the assessment and enforcement of the three most common hazards in the private rented sector: damp, mould and excess cold.

Delegates will explore the latest research, recent case studies relating to causes and remedies, when to take enforcement action, and what to do with ‘borderline’ cases and First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) cases.

The workshop will incorporate CIEH's newly published guidance on excess cold enforcement.  Further information on the guidance can be found here.

Benefits of attending

  • Gain the essential knowledge and techniques for assessing and scoring HHSRS damp and mould and excess cold hazards
  • Specify remedial actions and determine the most appropriate course of action
  • Learn how to produce a qualitative site risk assessment
  • Understand the reasons for taking enforcement action for damp and mould and what to do with ‘borderline’ cases
  • Hear about first-tier tribunal – Property Chamber decisions relating to damp and mould

What past delegates thought

  • "Very helpful, practical and very pertinent to daily work."
  • "There was a good mixture of information and interactive sessions."
  • "Speakers were knowledgeable and helpful."

Programme

Damp, Mould and Excess Cold programme

CPD: 7 hours

Paul Fitzgerald


Paul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of inner London and two rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a Maintenance Manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995, Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University and in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 300 courses on its assessment and enforcement.

Recent contracts have included;

  • Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £0.86M additional grant funding
  • Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues
  • Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System
  • Paul had worked for 5 years as a Private Sector Housing Team Manager with Oxford City Council, taking the lead on various projects including HMO Enforcement and Unlawful Developments.

He continues to be employed as a consultant for both for Local Authorities in Private Sector Housing and for private landlords, RSLs and charities such as Shelter, putting theory into practice, he has been the chairman of the National HMO Network and is still part of the steering group for that organisation. Paul is currently contracted to the Private Sector Housing Teams at East Hampshire/Havant Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

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