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.
SDHC has temporarily suspended its pre-inspections process due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure the safety of SDHC’s clients by reducing the potential spread of COVID-19, SDHC has temporarily implemented an alternative inspection protocol called Self-Certification of Unit Conditions. This protocol requires SDHC to receive both the landlord’s and tenant’s signatures certifying the rental unit has no current life-threatening health and safety issues. Once SDHC receives the completed form, SDHC updates its information to indicate the unit passed the initial inspection.
Please follow SDHC’s usual procedures for leasing your unit by selecting a prospective tenant and completing and submitting the Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) packet.
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.
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