Housing Choice Voucher
Each unit must pass inspection at least
An initial inspection of the rental unit
will be conducted within 15 days of receipt
of the lease-up paperwork if the unit is
available. If the unit does not pass inspection,
a list of required repairs will be provided
to the landlord. Once the repairs have been
made, the inspector will re-inspect the unit
to verify that it now meets housing quality
Inspections will be conducted at least annually
for participants remaining in the rental
unit beyond the initial first year. This
free inspection allows the owner to know
how well the tenant is caring for the unit.
Both the landlord and the tenant benefit
from maintaining the dwelling in decent,
safe, and sanitary condition.
At the annual inspection the inspector will
determine if repairs are the responsibility
of either the landlord or of the tenant.
The family is responsible for correcting
failures caused by non-payment of utilities
for which the family is responsible for paying,
for failure to provide and maintain appliances
the owner does not provide under the lease,
and for damages beyond normal wear and tear
caused by household members or guests.
The owner is responsible for failure or
damage caused by normal wear and tear.
The landlord and tenant will be provided
with a list of required repairs. Each party
will have 24 hours for emergency repairs
and 30 days to complete non-emergency items
and to contact the Housing Authority for
a re-inspection. If a re-inspection does
not pass within that time period or any extension,
the following action(s) will be taken:
for tenant responsibility failures,
termination of the participant's
This places responsibility on residents
and repair damages above normal
wear and tear that they cause to
order to keep their rental assistance.
landlord responsibility failures,
abatement of the rental assistance
payment from the
Housing Authority until either the
unit passes re-inspection or the
Contract is terminated. Abatement
means the Housing Authority's share
of the rent
not paid to the owner at all since
the unit does not meet minimum
as required by the contract. The
tenant is not responsible for paying
the rent and may not be evicted for
non-payment of the Housing Authority's
that are both landlord and tenant
responsibility, abatement of the
assistance payment to the owner
and termination of the participant's
Special inspections may
also be done during the year in response
to complaints. A supervisory quality control
inspection may be done in order to
ensure inspections are performed accurately and consistently among
Frequent Inspection Fail Items
Owners are strongly encouraged to repair
items before scheduling an inspection so
that the unit passes the first time. Special
attention should be given to the following
- Ceiling - Repair any
cracked plaster or holes. Repair water
damage and correct the
source of leakage.
- Doors/Cabinets - Missing
doors, knobs, locks, stops, and loose
or missing thresholds must
be repaired or replaced. Sliding closet
doors must have guides.
- Electric - A 100
amp meter panel is required - 70 amps
in integrated panels. Fixtures
that are present must work. Broken outlet
cover plates must be replaced and exposed
wire must be covered. Hood fan wiring and
wiring below 8 feet must be guarded or
enclosed. Light fixtures must have bulbs
There must be a working exhaust fan in
a bathroom without a window. The unit must
have a cooling system and heater.
- Floors -
Torn, damaged, cracked, or missing tiles/linoleum
must be repaired/replaced.
Carpeting should be clean. Torn, damaged,
or severely worn carpeting must be replaced.
- Garage -
The garage door must open and close properly.
The landlord must not store
of his/her personal items at the unit.
- Garbage/Debris/Vegetation -
The unit and yard must be free of heavy
debris and garbage such as piles of trash,
discarded furniture, etc. The unit must
contain adequate facilities for disposal
waste (covered trash cans, dumpsters, etc.)
Trees and grass must not have contact with
- Handrails - Handrails
are required for flights of four or more
must not be broken
- Locks - As required
by California law, each entrance door (other
door) must be equipped with a deadbolt
lock. Interior doors may only have privacy
- Plumbing and Fixtures -
Repair leaking faucets and clogged drains.
on sinks, basins, and tubs. Install tub
and basin stoppers.
- Refrigerator - If the
owner provides the refrigerator, it must
be clean, with no missing
or broken shelves or kickplate, and must
be in operating condition.
- Screens - Screens
must be present on all windows and be
in good condition.
- Smoke detector - there
must be at least one working smoke detector
for each living
- Stoves - Oven doors
and stove burners must operate properly
and the stove knobs
be in place. Gas stoves must be connected
with flex hose. A hand controlled gas cut-off
valve must be provided. An overhead exhaust
fan is required.
- Utilities - The utilities
must be on so the inspector can determine
whether the appliances
and electrical components are functioning
- Walls - Repair holes
and peeling, cracking, or blistering paint
and exterior of the unit. Repair or install
baseboard molding when there are gaps between
the wall and the floor.
- Water Heater -
water heater must have a pressure
valve, an extension to within 6" of
the floor, and a hand-controlled
gas cut-off valve. Ventilation must
All combustibles must be removed
to at least
7 feet away from the water heater.
- Windows - Repair/replace cracked, broken, missing
and boarded up windows. Windows must
operate properly and be able to be locked.