Council Officers can be asked to visit a property by a tenant, an owner, or a neighbour.
Our Officers can also visit during routine surveys of the district, when they suspect there maybe a hazard in the property.
Each officer of the Private Sector Housing Team has the authority to request access to a property when they believe a health and safety hazard exists.
Where a problem might be extremely serious, Private Sector Housing Officers have the power to gain access without the authorisation of the owner.
Our Officers will make a full inspection, looking at the whole of the living accommodation, the garden, access paths, and any areas shared with other properties or dwellings (such as the common hallway and stairs in a block of flats).
The officer will record the faults found at the property that could lead to any of the hazards detailed in the Hazard Profiles table.
A fault is identified as part of the property, such as the heating, which is in disrepair, poorly maintained or poorly designed.
Following the inspection, the officer will go back to the office and carry out an assessment of each hazard. They will consider the likelihood of an accident happening and then consider the possible effect it could have on the health of a vulnerable person such as the elderly or very young.
Each hazard is given a score, and then given a representative banding between A-J.
The Council has a mandatory duty to deal with category one hazards. To deal with them an officer must respond by taking enforcement action, or by giving advice.
Thanet District Council has taken the decision to reduce all hazards as far as possible but will ensure the work required is proportionate.