Learn how to pass your Section 8 inspection (also known as a Housing Quality Standards HQS inspection) with flying colors.
Step 1: To rent to a government-subsidized tenant who is under the Housing Choice Voucher or Section 8 program, you and the tenant will have to complete a Request for Tenancy Approval RTA form together. This form is to be submitted to the Public Housing Authority PHA.
Step 2: PHA will then contact you (the landlord) by mail or phone to arrange for a (HQS) Section 8 inspection. This purpose of this inspection is to make sure that your rental property meets the minimum Housing Quality Standards.
Step 3: A Section 8 inspector (a PHA employee or a PHA-hired contractor) will arrive on your rental property on the scheduled inspection date. If your property fails the inspection, you have 30 days to rectify any problems and re-schedule for a second inspection. If your property fails this second inspection, then the tenants will have to look for another rental property.
Step 4: If your property passes the HQS inspection, then you and the tenant must enter into a lease agreement within 30 days.
HUD has published an official inspection guidebook entitled "A Good Place to Live!" but since it's over 20 pages, we have listed the most important inspection checks below. These are also the most common reasons for failing HQS inspections so do pay special attention to them:
Windows and Doors
Flooring, Ceilings and Walls
Plumbing and Sanitation
Lighting and Electrical Fixtures
Structural and Fire Safety
If you have failed your first inspection or just want to be sure, we suggest that you take this HUD inspection checklist and give your property a full pre-inspection check.