Rental Housing Unit Inspection 

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.

Depending on the program, the rental housing unit must pass an inspection each year or every two years for rental assistance payments to continue.

All rental housing units are inspected every two years, with the exception of Moderate Rehabilitation Program units.

Rental assistance recipients who are unsure if their unit is inspected each year or every two years should ask their assigned Housing Assistant.

A rental housing unit that fails inspection could result in rental assistance payments being delayed or suspended.

Some rental housing units are chosen at random for Quality Control inspections to ensure that SDHC inspectors are compliant with Federal standards.

Rental housing units that are inspected every two years are subject to random selection for Quality Assurance inspections in the off year. These inspection are required by HUD under SDHC’s Moving to Work (MTW) agreement.

An inspection may also be requested if a tenant reports a problem and the landlord fails to make repairs within a reasonable time frame, or if SDHC receives a complaint from another agency or third party.

To Reschedule an Inspection Appointment: Contact the Inspections Department at (619) 578-7650 or hqsinspections@sdhc.org

Note: Please make sure the contact information listed on the Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form is accurate.

Forms and Documents

Housing Inspection Checklist
Inspection Step-by-Step

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