Section 8 Inspections
- Initial inspections
- An initial inspection is made before the HHA agrees to enter into a contract with a property owner to help pay a voucher holder’s rent.
- An initial inspection is required by federal law in order for the HHA to make sure that the property is worth the rent the property owner is requesting.
- The inspections are quick, scheduled at owners’ convenience and free.
- During the inspection the inspector simply makes sure that the unit is safe, sanitary and that the rent is reasonable before a voucher holder moves in.
- The HHA will not allow voucher holders to move in until an apartment passes an initial inspection.
- Annual Re-inspections
- An annual re-inspections is required by federal law as a requirement of the HHA to make sure that owners and voucher holders are doing their parts to keep the units clean and safe.
- Annual re-inspections also provide the HHA an opportunity to make sure that the rents paid are reasonable given each apartment’s location, condition, amenities and the local market rental.
- Requesting Inspections
- HHA encourages voucher holders to let their landlords know, in writing, when there is something in their apartment that needs repair.
- We strongly recommend that voucher holders send us a copy of any correspondences with landlords so that we know when issues arise.
- Times when the HHA encourages voucher holders to request a Special Inspection include, but are not limited to :
- When landlords don’t respond to repair requests
- If a voucher holder feels that repairs made were insufficient
HQS Inspection Checklist
- Common reasons why a unit will fail a HQS Inspection:
- Peeling or flaking paint
- Unsafe or rotted porches
- Water leaks
- Lack of proper ventilation of flue on hot water tank
- Weak or broken floor boards
- Faulty plumbing
- Missing electrical outlet covers or switch plates
- Inoperable smoke detectors.