HQS (Housing Quality Standard) Inspections

Annual inspections are mandatory.  All units must pass inspection prior to initial lease-up and annually. If the inspector is unable or not allowed to enter the unit to conduct an inspection, it is considered to be a "no-show/fail".  A no show inspection is defined as a failed inspection with all items marked as deficient.  If a unit fails two consecutive inspection, for anything, the rent is abated and the participant may be at risk of termination.

The Housing Inspector will conduct the inspection to ensure all units meet HQS. The following items should be in working order prior to the inspection:

  • All utilities must be active (water, electricity, etc.);
  • Appliances must be present and operating properly (stove, refrigerator);
  • All remodeling/repairs must be completed prior to the inspection;
  • Smoke detectors must be operable and properly mounted on each level and in each sleeping room;
  • Exterior and interior must be free of debris, trash, and clutter; all closets and cabinets should be neatly organized and free of clutter;
  • Dwelling must be structurally sound and not have any serious defects such as leaning, buckling, sagging, large holes, or defects that may result in air infiltration or vermin infestation;
  • All windows that open to the outside must have operable locks; each sleeping room must have at least one operable window. Windows must not be blocked by furniture, debris, storage, or any other matter that would prevent them from being opened and accessed; All habitable rooms (including living room) must have at least one window facing outdoors; all windows must have screens;
  • Dwelling must be capable of maintaining a thermal environment healthy for the human body; must have a permanent heat source that is safe and operable; Unvented heaters or portable electric heaters are not acceptable;
  • All electrical outlets and switches must have cover plates; Covers/switch plates that are cracked must be replaced;
  • All light sockets must have a proper light bulb installed and operable;
  • Bathrooms must have an exhaust fan or an operable window for ventilation;
  • All sinks, faucets, and plumbing must be free from leaks;
  • Unit must be free of rodent, vermin, and insect infestation (i.e., roaches, mice, fleas, bed bugs, etc.);
  • All painted surfaces must be free of chipping and/or peeling paint;
  • Carpet and other flooring must be clean and free of tripping hazards;
  • Handrails are required when 4 or more steps (risers) are present and protective railings are required when porches, balconies, and stoops are 30" or more off the ground; opening and/or vertical railings shall be no more than 4" apart; porches and sidewalks shoudl be clean and free of hazards;
  • Water heaters should be vented through the roof and have a temperature pressure relief valve and discharge line;
  • The unit must provide adequate space based on the size of the family and security;
  • Properties must meet the requirements of local and state fire and safety codes;
  • House/Apartment numbers must be clearly visible from the street;
The above inspection list is not all inclusive; a complete HQS inspection summary is provided in the Cleburne Housing Administrative Plan.

Non-Life Threatening Deficiencies
Initial inspections are allowed 10 days to correct non-life threatening deficiencies. Annual inspections are allowed 30 days to correct non-life threatening deficiencies.

Life Threatening Deficiencies

Life threatening deficiencies must be corrected within 24 hours. Examples of life threatening deficiencies include:

  • Any condition that jeopardizes the security of the unit (i.e., missing or broken locks);
  • Waterlogged ceiling in imminent danger of falling;
  • Major plumbing leaks or flooding;
  • Natural gas leaks or fumes;
  • Electrical problems which could result in shock or structure fire;
  • No air conditioning or heat;
  • Utilities not in service (water, electric, gas, etc.);
  • No running hot water;
  • Broken glass which could cause injury;
  • Obstacles that prevent a tenant's entrance/exit;
  • Lack of working toilet or backed up sewer;
  • Other deficiencies that would affect the health and safety of the household;