The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is required to ensure that all housing units occupied by Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance participants meet certain health and safety standards.
These “Housing Quality Standards” (HQS) are set by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
Before SDHC centers into a contract and issues rental assistance payments, units must pass an HQS inspection.
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Pre-Inspection of Rental Units
Landlords can now request that the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) pre-inspect the units they wish to potentially rent to participants in SDHC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance program.
This pre-inspection of a rental home or apartment, which takes place before a federal rental assistance recipient moves into the unit, shortens the amount of time it takes to lease a unit through the Housing Choice Voucher program.
After a unit successfully passes the pre-inspection, landlords can indicate that the units was “pre-inspected” in Box 1 of the Rental Assistance Program Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form, which is provided by the renter.
- Pre-inspections are valid for 60 days from the date the unit passed inspection.
- The unit must be vacant, or occupied by a tenant who has been notified that they will be receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
- No occupant may reside in the unit between the date the units passes the pre-inspection and when a Voucher recipient moves in.
- All owner-provided utilities and appliances must be in place and operational at the time of the pre-inspection.
If you have a unit located in the City of San Diego that you would like to rent to a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program participant, please click on the link below to submit a Pre-Inspection Request Form. SDHC will contact you within one business day after receiving your request to schedule the pre-inspection, which can take place as soon as two business days later.
If your web browser or operating system does not support this fillable form, please download the form, complete it and submit it to email@example.com You may also call our Inspections Department at 619-578-7650 to request a pre-inspection