Inspection Information

Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections

When a Housing Choice Voucher tenant chooses a home, the unit must be inspected by a Housing Authority inspector to confirm the unit meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS). These standards ensure that families moving into your rental units are safe. Other rental assistance programs use similar requirements.

HQS inspections take place before a family moves in and annually or biannually after that. CDA rent payment can begin the day a unit passes an inspection and a resident moves in.

The CDA will schedule the inspection and notify tenants and landlords of the inspection date and time. If you need to reschedule, please call 651-202-2805.

The most commonly failed items are:

  • Missing or nonfunctioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Cracked and/or broken window panes
  • Missing or damaged window screens
  • Peeling and/or chipping exterior and interior paint
  • Burner on kitchen stove/range not operating as designed
  • Leaking faucets or plumbing
  • Inoperable bathroom fan (when present)
  • Carpet and vinyl conditions create tripping hazards
  • Missing handrail for 4 or more steps
  • Loose, missing, or cracked outlet or light switch plates
  • Garbage disposals not operating or missing flanges
  • Missing globes on light fixtures or missing bulbs
  • Broken toilet seats
  • Missing tiles in bath, slow drains, and mold

The Housing Authority cannot pay rent until a unit passes Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and a resident moves in.


Inspection Checklist

Inspection Guide