Before an applicant can be assisted in a unit, the unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection. A unit must be decent, safe, and sanitary. The following is a list of items that frequently cause a unit to fail on an inspection for the Section 8 program.
- Rotten or soft sub-floor around tub, toilet, sinks, or laundry area
- Heavy mold on windows, sills, shower, or tub areas
- Peeling chipping paint on the inside and/or the outside of the unit
- Missing, cracked or broken electrical outlets or switch plates
- Cracked or broken windows and/or poor door weather-stripping
- A hot water tank with an improper relief valve or a valve without a vent pipe
- Windows or access doors that do not have working locks
- Broken heaters and/or no thermostat control knobs
- Ripped or loose carpet or vinyl that is a tripping hazard
- Signs of leaks in walls or ceilings
- Trash or garbage around the unit
- Lack of refrigerator or working oven/range
- No covered garbage can
- Three or more steps with no handrail
- Unsafe and/or falling down fences
- No power or water to unit
- Each unit must include at least one smoke detector, in proper working condition, on each level of the unit
- Looped strings/chains on window drapes/blinds
In addition to the initial inspection, the HACPFC will inspect units at least every two years. We recommend that you protect your investment by inspecting the unit in years when the HACPFC does not. We will also, upon request by the tenant or landlord, complete special inspections.
Lead Based Paint
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has implemented new regulations regarding lead based paint in units built prior to 1978 where children under 6 years old reside or may reside in the future. Inspectors are required to inspect for deteriorated paint (where surfaces are peeling, cracking, chipping or chalking) in these units. If deteriorated paint is found, then the unit can not pass inspection until the owner obtains a Clearance Report from a Certified Lead Inspector. Because obtaining the report can be time consuming and expensive, owners are strongly advised to inspect their property and take care of any deteriorated paint prior to the inspection. You can obtain more information about lead based paint hazards and safe work practices from HUD.
HUD Lead Information