08 Feb

HMO enforcement

Two half-day workshop: 8 and 9 February

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.

How do I pay? Please click on the book now to complete the online booking. If your local authority does not allow credit card payments please speak to our contact centre: 020 7827 5800, or email [email protected]

Additional dates:
28 and 29 April
14 and 15 June

Online (Zoom)

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This two half-day online course aims to explain the current House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) enforcement regime and cover some of the practical aspects of applying the legal powers that come with it, for both Licensed and Unlicensed HMOs.

Who should attend:

  • Environmental health practitioners
  • Property and housing managers
  • Social landlords

Why should you attend:

  • Learn the legal definition of a HMO
  • Understand the requirements for powers of entry and how to obtain a warrant
  • Insight into obtaining and recording evidence
  • Determine the most appropriate use of legislation
  • Examine case studies on how to prepare notices with schedules of work appropriate to the risks
  • Practical tips on preparing standard letters and notices

Testimonials:

"Excellent trainer (Paul Fitzgerald)" 
Andrew Rowe, Senior EHO, Sunderland City Council

"A lot to take in little time - but the instructor was very good, despite a lot of questions & interruptions" 
Olatunbosun Faulkner, Environmental Protection Officer, London Borough of Bromley

"Always very professional advice & delivery of content" 
Denis Salmon, Housing Standards Officer, London Borough of Hillingdon

"Very interesting and clear. Expanded my current knowledge stopped me doubting myself" 
Naomi Oziel, Principal EHO, Colchester Borough Council

Programme

HMO enforcement programme

CPD: 6 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.

John Easey


John has worked in the field of housing standards for the last 20 years, both in private practice providing consultancy, survey and training services, and more recently as an enforcement officer within local authority private sector housing teams. He has also been a member of the English Housing Survey team since 2001 and has used the HHSRS in survey work from 2002.

He has been involved in training local authority and housing association officers on the provisions of the Housing Act 2004, either through the various initial government funded training schemes or by direct commission from clients, since the mid-2000s.

He currently works part time in a local authority as a senior officer private sector housing officer with responsibilities including general complaints, HMO licensing and enforcement, caravan site licensing, DFGs, and the development of policy and procedures, and is Director of a housing consultancy practice.

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