Damp, Mould and Excess Cold

19 July, London - 15Hatfields 

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Member: £189 | Affiliate member: £289 | Non member: £289

This popular one-day course addresses the issues local housing authorities face with the assessment and enforcement of the two most common hazards in the private rented sector: damp and mould, and excess cold.

The programme explores the latest research, case studies relating to causes and remedies, when to take enforcement action and what to do with ‘borderline’ cases, and First-tier tribunal – Property Chamber cases.

Why you should attend

  • Achieve good practice in assessing and scoring HHSRS damp and mould and excess cold hazards
  • Specify remedial actions and determine the most appropriate course of action
  • Learn how to produce a qualitative site risk assessment
  • Reasons to take enforcement action for damp and mould and what to do with ‘borderline’ cases
  • First-tier tribunal – Property Chamber decisions relating to damp and mould
  • Educational information for landlords and tenants
  • Learn about the new requirement for PRS properties to have a minimum EPC E rating

Who should attend

  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Housing Officers
  • Housing association professionals
  • Property and Housing Managers
  • Social landlords

CPD: 5 Hours 30 minutes

▼ Programme 

09:00   Registration and refreshments
09.30   Introduction and welcome
  • Key issues around Damp and Mould
  • Impact on health – current research and thinking
11.00   Refreshment break
11.15   Causes and remedial actions
  • Ventilation, humidity
  • Thermal insulation & condensation
  • Damp proofing
  • Disrepair & penetrating damp
Case Studies 
Good practice in scoring and worked examples 
Education material 
Enforcement options 
Lands tribunal decisions 
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Diagnosis and evidence
  • Good practice in scoring and Worked Examples
  • Key issues around Excess Cold
  • Impact on health – current research and thinking

  • Causes and remedial actions:

  • Inadequate heating
  • Inadequate control of heating
  • Thermal insulation
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Lands tribunal decisions
  • Case studies
  • Good practice in scoring and worked examples
  • Enforcement options
  • Lands tribunal decisions
16.00   Course review
16.30   Collect CPD and depart
▼ Speakers 

Paul Fitzgerald  

Paul FitzgeraldPaul 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 100 courses on its assessment and enforcement.

Recent contracts have included;

  • Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council
  • 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

He is currently employed as a Private Sector Safety Team Manager with Oxford City Council dealing with all aspects of Private Sector Housing, taking the lead on Unlawful Developments and Private Sector Housing Policy.

Deborah Robinson
Managing Director, Quay Interactions

Deborah Robinson Deborah is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with 25 years Local Government experience, 13 years as a Director of a District Council delivering Environmental Health, Waste Management and Housing as well as leading on organisational development and communications. In 2004 she launched her own company, drawing on her experience of senior and corporate management within Local Government and specialising in Transactional Analysis as a basis for individual and organisational learning and growth.

Over the last five years she has taken the lead in a number of strategic partnerships with Government, other Local Authorities and the private sector, where she has built a reputation of facilitating collaborative working; negotiating and delivering leading-edge developments.

Her strengths lie in providing support and guidance to enable people to perform as individuals and within teams to achieve organisational goals.

Deborah has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System and has helped deliver over 100 courses on the assessment and enforcement of the system. She is also an Assessor of Professional Development for the CIEH.

Recent contracts include:

  • Facilitating employee groups to support changes in organisational culture
  • Negotiating funding agreements with Government on behalf of partnerships
  • Delivering HHSRS training
  • Improving the performance of multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Coaching senior managers 1:1
▼ What past delegates thought 

"Very helpful, practical and very pertinent to daily work."  

"There was a good mixture of information and interactive sessions."  

"Speakers were knowledgeable and helpful." 


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