What are Housing Quality Standards?
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) are minimum standards established by HUD to ensure that all rental units are safe, decent and sanitary. A field agent will conduct the unit inspection to make sure that it meets the standards. If the field agency determines that deficiencies exist, the landlord and the family will be notified with the reasons provided. The landlord will be given 30 days to correct the problems. The MDOC Section 8 Program will execute the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contact after a re-inspection shows repairs are complete.
Site and Neighborhood
The site and neighborhood must be reasonably free of conditions that would endanger the health and safety of residents.
The unit must have a private entrance without going through another dwelling unit.
Space and Security
The dwelling unit shall contain a living room, kitchen area and bathroom.
HUD requires landlords to disclose known information concerning lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards for pre-1978 dwellings.
Either public or private sanitary water supply is acceptable.
The unit shall contain safe heating that is in proper operating condition and provides adequate heat to each room in the dwelling unit appropriate for the climate to assure a healthy living environment.
Interior Air Quality
The unit shall be fee from dangerous levels of air pollution from carbon monoxide, sewer, gas, fuel gas, dust, and other harmful air pollutants.
All sanitary facilities shall be present in the dwelling unit, all in proper operating conditions.
Structure and Materials
All ceiling, walls and floors shall not have any serious defects such as severe bulging or leaning, large holes, loose surface materials, severe buckling or noticeable movement under walking stress, missing parts or other serious damage.
Illumination and Electricity
Each room shall have adequate natural or artificial illumination to permit normal indoor activities and to support the health and safety of occupants.
A smoke detector is required to provide maximum warning to occupants should a fire or smoke situation occur.
The unit and its equipment must be free of vermin and rodent infestation.
Food Preparation and Refuse Disposal
There must be adequate space provided for the storage, preparation, and serving of food within the unit.