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 enters into a contract and issues rental assistance payments, units must pass an HQS inspection.
Landlords may request that SDHC pre-inspect the units they wish to potentially rent in the future to participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance program.
This pre-inspection of a rental home or apartment 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 unit 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.
Pre-Inspection Request Form (PRF)You may also call our Inspections Department at 619-578-7650 to request a pre-inspection.
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection Videos
See below videos for examples of what SDHC looks for when conducting Housing Quality Standards Inspections.
Exterior & Living Room
Heaters & Electrical Panels