For an apartment to be leased by a Metro Housing|Boston Section 8 voucher holder, the apartment must meet the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and the supplemental inspection requirements of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). These standards are in place to make sure that each apartment is safe for the tenants who live there.
Apartments are required to be inspected on an annual or biennial cycle depending on the owner’s maintenance history. Inspections can also take place for the following reasons: A new tenant is about to move into a unit, a tenant or property owner has made a complaint, or an audit inspection.
As of June 1, 2021, Metro Housing will resume in-person inspections, with certain restrictions. For details, please click HERE.
The U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) requires that homes of Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly known as Section 8) participants be inspected to ensure that they meet all health and safety standards.
There are five main types of inspections:
Metro Housing|Boston wants you to pass your inspection the first time. Below are some items to check before your first inspection.
Property Owner Responsible
If an apartment fails an inspection due to repairs that are the responsibility of the property owner, the property owner is notified in writing and is provided 30 days to complete all the necessary repairs. If there is an immediate health and safety hazard for which the owner is responsible, the property owner is given 24 hours to complete the repair.
If an apartment fails inspection as a result of damage caused by the tenant, the tenant has 30 days to repair the damage. If utilities have been shut off due to tenant failing to make payments, the tenant has 24 hours to restore the utilities. (The property owner’s HAP will not be suspended provided there are no owner repairs outstanding.)
When a unit fails an inspection due to non-life threatening conditions, Metro Housing|Boston will provide the owner with written notification within five business days outlining the corrective action to be taken and possible penalties for failure to comply. The owner is given a reasonable amount of time to make the necessary repairs. During this time, the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) continues without penalty. If all the repairs are completed no further action is necessary.
If Metro Housing|Boston has given the owner notice that the unit has failed, and has given the owner reasonable time to make the repairs, but the owner has not completed the repairs, the owner will be told that the contract may be suspended or terminated. If the contract is terminated, the tenant will be directed to locate a new unit that will pass inspection.
Learn more about Section 8 inspections