The Multi-Dwelling Housing Champion is a designated individual responsible for advocating for the proper maintenance, regulation, control, and oversight of multi-dwelling housing units, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). This role serves as a vital link between residents, local authorities, and regulatory bodies, ensuring that housing standards are upheld and resident concerns are addressed effectively.

Key responsibilities include:

Point of Contact for Residents

  • Act as a point of contact for residents of multi-dwelling housing units who have concerns.
  • Address and liaise with residents regarding their concerns and issues related to living conditions, safety, and housing regulations.

Periodic Inspections

  • Conduct regular (from the highway) inspections of the exterior condition of HMOs and other multi-dwelling units.
  • Identify and report any visible defects or environmental hazards, such as structural damages, waste accumulation, or unkempt areas, to the relevant authorities.

Lobbying and Advocacy

  • Collaborate with members of the Town Council (TC) to advocate for stronger enforcement and enhanced regulations by Lancaster City Council (LCC).
  • Work towards the introduction of more rigorous standards and enforcement measures to ensure safe and habitable living conditions for all residents.

Reporting and Monitoring

  • Log records of inspections, resident complaints, and report issues.
  • Monitor the resolution of reported defects and hazards to encourage timely and effective remediation.

Community Engagement

  • Work with officers to engage with the local community and resident groups to gather feedback and understand their needs and concerns.
  • Work with officers to organise meetings or forums to facilitate communication between residents and local authorities.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Stay informed about current housing regulations and standards related to multi-dwelling units.
  • Ensure that residents and property owners are aware of their rights and responsibilities under these regulations.

Partnership Building

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with local housing authorities, environmental health departments, and other relevant organisations.
  • Collaborate with these entities to promote best practices and improve housing standards in the community.