Housing Quality Standards

Housing Quality Standards

Once a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participant/family has found a suitable unit and the owner has approved the family, YHA will need to determine if the unit qualifies for the HCV program.  This includes a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection.  Inspections are performed upon initial move-in and annually thereafter to ensure the unit meets the minimum health and safety standards according to HUD.

Below is a list of the most common conditions which cause a unit to fail inspection:

  • Nonfunctional smoke detectors
  • Missing or cracked electrical outlet cover plates
  • Missing railings where required
  • Peeling exterior or interior paint
  • Tripping hazards caused by permanently installed flooring coverings (e.g. carpets and/or vinyl)
  • Cracked or broken windowpanes
  • Inoperable stove burners or range hoods
  • Missing burner control knobs
  • Inoperable bathroom fans or no ventilation in bathroom
  • Leaking faucets or plumbing
  • No temperature/pressure-relief valve on water heaters


Please click here to visit HUD’s website with information regarding HQS inspections, including a description of each type of inspection and a checklist to ensure your unit meets HUD’s requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher program.

You can also view Yakima Housing Authorities HQS inspection check list by clicking here.

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