The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) also requires an Annual Inspection to ensure the unit is properly maintained based on HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. Annual Inspections for DHA Section 8 units are scheduled by zip code.
Inspections are scheduled every 10 to 11 months to allow time for needed repairs, so that the unit meets HQS requirements within 12 months. If the unit does not meet HQS, the family and the landlord will have 30-days to make the necessary repairs. Emergency items must be repaired within 24 hours.
If the repairs are made, the family and the landlord will need to provide receipts, verifications, and/or documentation of the repairs; sign the Landlord/Client Certification; and return to DHA. However, if the repairs are not made, the contract for that unit is cancelled. If it is client caused, the client may be cancelled from the Program.
Here are some commonly failed items:
- Missing/broken outlet covers
- Leaky faucets
- Windows/doors not locking properly
- Smoke alarm not working
- Tripping hazards
- Stove knobs broken and/or missing
- Appliances not working (as designed)
- Failed Paint
- Handrails (four steps or more)