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What is involved in HUD inspections for rental assistance?

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A Housing and Urban Development inspection of a property being considered for rental assistance includes inspection of the bathroom and kitchen, home security, heating and cooling systems, lighting and electrical fixtures, and air quality within the home. The inspection also includes plumbing fixtures, a check for lead-based paint and the safety of the neighborhood.

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Local public housing authorities perform housing inspections for HUD when a rental property is being considered for habitation by an individual or family receiving housing assistance. The property must meet a set of housing quality standards to be approved. The property must be sanitary, safe and in good repair.

The kitchen appliances must be in good working order. Food preparation areas must be sanitary and there must be a spot for proper disposal of garbage. The kitchen and bathroom must be plumbed for both hot and cold water, and the fixtures must be clean and in good condition. The toilet must be located in a separate room from the rest of the living space. A shower or bathtub must be present, and must have both hot and cold water.

Heating and cooling systems are inspected to assure they are in good working order. The air quality is tested. Each room in the house must have working electric fixtures, including an adequate light source. Above all, the dwelling must be structurally sound, safe and sanitary.

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