Housing Quality Standards

HUD regulations require that to be considered safe, sanitary, and decent housing all rental units must pass certain Housing Quality Standards (HQS).

All Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 housing units will be subject to an inspection prior to a new tenant moving in and then annually after that.

During a HQS inspection, the VHA representative will review the unit:
  • Adequate heating/cooling systems
  • Kitchen appliances (if supplied) are in correct working order
  • Doors and windows are in good condition and lock/unlock correctly
  • Plumbing, electrical, ventilation systems are free from hazard
  • Paint is not peeling 
  • Walls, ceilings and floors and floor coverings are in good condition
  • Bathroom facilities are private and in good condition