The unit needs to have appropriate and working sanitary facilities, cooking and food preparation areas, heating system, lights and electrical systems and water supply.
The inspector needs to have access to all areas of the unit including the mechanicals. If the water heater, furnace or electrical panels are located outside the unit, we need to have access to those areas during the inspection.
Common problems that are found at a HQS inspection are: missing or non functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, inoperable bathroom fans or no ventilation, lack of or non-securely supported handrails installed for stairways with 4 or more risers. Handrails must be the length of the stairways. Rails are required for porches, decks or steps that are over 30 inches from the ground.
Doors and windows must be weather-tight so there are no gaps that let air in. Windows must be free of cracks or breaks. Windows that are designed to open must have the ability to do so. Doors and windows must lock securely.
Another very important issue is chipping and peeling paint in a property built before 1979 where a child under 6 resides. Any chipping or peeling paint will cause the property to fail.
The painted area needs to be stabilized. If the damaged areas is a small component and it exceeds 10% of the surface / or an exterior area of more than 20 square feet, lead safe work practices must be used and clearance testing must be done. If you need more information about these issues you may obtain them by contacting us or by using the EPA website at www.epa.gov