Whether you're a landlord or tenant, knowing what are housing quality standards is essential if you're renting subsidized housing in the United States. Learn the answer here.
HQS are the minimum health and safety standards that rental properties must meet if they are to be rented out to government-subsidized tenants (from the Housing Choice Voucher HCQ, Section 8 and Indian Housing programs).
The purpose is of these standards is make sure low income families on public assistance are offered rental housing that is both safe and sanitary. In other words, it prevents unscrupulous landlords from exploiting subsidized tenants and offering them substandard housing.
These housing standards apply to all types of rental homes that are rented out to subsidized tenants, regardless of its location and size.
The housing standards cover 13 general aspects of rental property living conditions, including:
For more details on the exact housing requirements, you can view Chapter 10: Housing Quality Standards of the online Housing Choice Voucher Guidebook.
To make sure that landlords are able to meet these standards, HQS inspections will be carried out on rental housing for subsidized tenants. These inspections are conducted by Public Housing Agency PHA employees or private contractors hired by them.
There are three scenarios where a HQS inspection will be conducted: