Information - Before the Inspection

Before the Inspection

 

Important information for section 8 H C V inspections

For Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing

All Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher housing and public housing units must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before the rental assistance payments can begin.

If the unit does not pass inspection, Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) to the landlord cannot start or will be stopped, depending upon where you are in the process.

We have changed how rental unit inspections are done.  For some people, inspections may only occur every two years instead of one. Learn more.

 

Before the Inspection, Tenants and Landlords Should Confirm:

  • All major utilities (electricity, gas and water) must be turned on.
  • The cooking stove and oven must be clean and in working condition. All burner control knobs must be present and functional.
  • The heating unit must be properly installed and vented and otherwise in good working order. Check with SDG&E to ensure the safety of the heating system. Heater must be operational at time of inspection.
  • Hot and cold water must be available in the kitchen and bathroom(s).
  • A shower or bathtub must be in good working condition.
  • A flush toilet must be in working condition with no leaks.
  • All plumbing must be working without clogs or leaks. The garbage disposal, if present, must have a properly installed strain relief clamp.
  • The bathroom must have a window or working ventilation fan.
  • All accessible outside doors and windows must have working locks.
  • The unit must have at least one exit door without a double-keyed deadbolt lock.
  • A properly operating smoke detector must be present on each level of the unit.
  • All electrical outlets must have cover plates that are not cracked or broken. All three-prong outlets must be grounded or GFCI protected. 
  • There must be no missing, broken or badly cracked windows or window panes.
  • The roof must not leak.
  • The unit's hot water tank must have a pressure relief valve and downward discharge pipe. Please make arrangements for access to the hot water tank. 
  • If present, carpet and linoleum must not have holes, tears or loose seams.
  • There can be no rodent or insect infestations.
  • If a child under the age of six resides or is expected to reside in the unit, there can be no cracking, chipping, scaling or loose paint anywhere inside or outside the unit.
  • There can be no derelict vehicles or excessive debris such as boxes, paper, trash, wood, tires, machine or auto parts, batteries, paint cans or old appliances around the unit.
  • If present, security bars in all bedrooms must have a quick-release device.

Responsibilities of Tenant

  • Be available and allow HACSD’s inspection to be completed.
  • Cooperate with inspectors.
  • Keep unit in a safe and sanitary condition.
  • Keep belongings properly stored and have clear walkways within the unit.
  • Be responsible for any damage you or your guests create.
  • Advise the owner when repairs are needed.

Responsibilities of Owner

  • Be available and allow HACSD’s inspection to be completed.
  • Cooperate with inspectors.
  • Make needed repairs promptly.

 

*ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE OVEN, AND UNDER KITCHEN AND BATHROOM SINKS SO PIPES CAN BE THOROUGHLY INSPECTED!

IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE: PLEASE SECURE ALL PETS DURING THE INSPECTION.

For a printable checklist:  

County of San Diego Inspection Checklist

Questions about Inspections?

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Phone: (858) 694-8735