HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS/INSPECTIONS
Any unit occupied by participant, MUST meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Before a lease is signed and annually thereafter, the BC/ACHA will preform a minimum HQS Inspection to ensure standards are being met. HQS is the minimum set of standards required by HUD to determine if a unit meets the qualifications of being decent, safe, and sanitary.
The following checklist is a brief outline of items the BC/ACHA Inspector will be reviewing while conducting an HQS inspection. More specific HQS requirements applicable to each unit will be explained at the initial inspection. (Usually with the landlord)
It is necessary for the unit where you plan to receive rental assistance PASS a housing quality standards (HQS) inspection before payments will be made. The unit will also need to pass inspection each year for rental assistance payments to continuation of payments. You must notify your housing representative if your landlord fails to make repairs with a reasonable period of time to conditions that affect the habitability of your assisted unit.
The Housing Authority will inspect the following eight areas for Housing Quality Standards (HQS)
The following is a listing of the conditions that must be verified by the Housing Inspector:
Any other deficiencies for the unit will be listed by the inspector when the unit is initially inspected. Owner packets are available at the Housing Authority.
Your initial lease is for one (1) full year. You will not be allowed to move during the initial one-year lease. You will choose you own unit; make sure it's one where you will be happy.