To provide decent, safe and sanitary conditions in all assisted homes, HACA conducts annual inspections on all housing units participating in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. In addition to Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspections, random quality control inspections are conducted on at least 10% of the participating units to ensure program compliance and to confirm that repairs are consistent with current industry standards. HACA’s HQS inspection policies are located in Chapter 8 of the Housing Choice Voucher Program’s Administrative Plan.
Initial/Move-In Inspections: HACA conducts initial inspections to approve a unit for participation in the HCV program. The unit must pass the HQS inspection before any Housing Assistance Payments can be paid to the owner; therefore, it is best if the family does not move into the unit before approval.
Annual/Biennial Inspections: HUD requires HACA to inspect each unit under lease at least annually to confirm that the unit still meets HQS. The inspections may be conducted in conjunction with the family’s annual reexamination, but is typically conducted separately.
Special Inspections: A special inspection may be requested between annual inspections by the owner, the family or a third party as a result of problems identified with a unit between annual inspections.
Quality Control Inspections: HUD requires that a sample of units be inspected by a quality control inspector to ensure that HQS is being enforced correctly and uniformly by all inspectors.
Rent Reasonableness certifications will be completed to determine if the requested rent is reasonable as compared to an unassisted unit when considering the location, quality, size, type, age, amenities, housing services, maintenance and utilities to be provided.
A Rent Reasonableness certification are conducted for initial inspections; prior to approving a rent increase requested by the owner or manager and when there is a five percent decrease in the published FMR. At least one of the following is used to verify that the rent is reasonable: a copy of a rent roll; a copy of one lease for an unassisted unit; a Go Section 8 rent reasonable valuation form or a printed comparable unit from the Multiple Listing System. Any comparable used must be no more than 12 months old from the rent reasonableness certification date.
If you would like to request a rent increase, please email the Inspections Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inspection Manager Manuel Serrato will process your request and may be contacted at (512) 767-7661.