Disrepair and Conditions

This course provides an introduction to basic terminology used in housing construction, providing an insight into the places in buildings where problems can arise. The course provides information on what to look for, and how to identify and record deficiencies including disrepair and dampness in dwellings. The course also looks at the legal context of house inspection, reviews the basic legal liabilities and the way of identifying hazards in residential accommodation under the Housing Act 2004 (the Housing Health and Safety Rating System). Delegates will prepare an inspection report, putting what they have learned into practice and setting out legal assessments of conditions described.

Public course dates
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  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
13 Nov 2018 London £220.00 £250.00 £170.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VATCourse contains

  • Reasons why it is necessary for housing to be inspected
  • Legal provisions relating to deficiencies in housing
  • How traditionally constructed houses are built
  • Some information on modern forms of construction
  • Common problems in housing including identifying the different forms of dampness
  • Reporting on and describing accommodation and deficiencies
  • Preparing an inspection report and assessing legal liabilities.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand why proper inspection of homes is important within the legal context
  • Carry out a basic inspection of a property and report on matters found
  • Identify and report on deficiencies in housing, including dampness, with confidence
  • Understand some of the most common terminology
  • Understand the different forms of dampness and causes.

Suitable for

Anyone working in housing or related fields who needs to inspect properties, communicate their findings from the inspection and prepare an inspection report. Previous experience of house inspection or report writing is not required.

Meet the trainer

Mel Cairns: London 18 June 2018

Mel Cairns trained as an Environmental Health Officer and has over 40 years' experience of house and area inspections and associated legal actions. He has worked in local and central government agencies and in the voluntary sector. Mel also has a long history of involvement in teaching and research on housing. In addition to his current role providing expert witness and consultancy services on health and housing issues, Mel is Chairman of the Health & Housing Group, is a qualified trainer for the Housing Health & Safety Rating System and sits part-time on the Residential Property Tribunal, both as a professional member and as a mediator.

Nancy Witham: 13 November 2018

Nancy has more than 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector working as a manager within a number of different frontline teams, including Neighbourhood, Supported Housing and Income. Nancy has several years’ experience as a Learning and Development trainer for one of the UK’s largest housing associations, delivering training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Housing Management, Property Construction, Repairs Diagnosis, Neighbourhood and Customer Service. Nancy has an engaging and interactive training style.

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