Disrepair and Conditions: Inspecting a House

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. Delegates will conduct an inspection, putting what they have learnt into practice and report on the conditions found. The course also looks at the legal context of house inspection liabilities and the way of identifying hazards in residential accommodation under the Housing Act 2004 (the Housing Health and Safety Rating System).

Public course dates
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17-18 May 2017 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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Course 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
  • Carrying out an actual inspection and preparing a report of defects

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.

As the course involves an inspection of a property which may be in poor condition, participants should come dressed appropriately. Participants will travel to the inspection site by public transport on day two. A map and full instructions will be provided.

Meet the trainer

Dr. Steve Battersby has been a trainer for Shelter for more than 25 years. Steve is a Chartered Environmental Health Practicioner and Fellow of both the CIEH and RSPH. He is a freelance environmental health and housing consultant. Steve is a member of the Health & Housing Group and has provided expert evidence in housing cases. He is an Associate of the Safe and Healthy Housing Unit at Warwick University and also of the School of Law at the University of Surrey. He also convenes the UK Housing Professional’s Forum for RH Environmental which includes a review of decisions under the Housing Acts in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). Steve was President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health from 2008-2011 and is currently a Vice President, and has Chaired the Pro-Housing Alliance launched in September 2011 and the National Private Tenants Organisation (Generation Rent). Steve runs Shelter's Disrepair and Housing Conditions legal liabilities courses.

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