Inspection Types

Initial Inspection for New Participants and Transferring Participants

A Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection is required to lease any property on the Section 8 Program. The Inspection Department will make arrangements with the applicant or transferring participant to schedule the inspection within 7 to 10 business days after the completed and approved Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) is received.

The Inspection process takes approximately one half hour. The landlord and applicant/transferring participant must be present at the time of inspection. The Leases and Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract are effective after the unit passes the inspection, meets rent reasonableness, and signatures are obtained.

If the unit does not pass inspection, a re-inspection of the unit will be scheduled after the necessary repairs are made. The repairs must be completed within 30 days. The re-inspection can delay the effective date of the Lease. Should the unit fail a second time, the unit will be considered unsuitable. The family must submit a new RTA for a different unit, as long as the family’s voucher has not expired. If the voucher expires, the applicant is dropped from the waiting list or the participant will be terminated from the Section 8 program.
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Annual Inspection

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also requires an Annual Inspection be performed to ensure the unit is properly maintained based on HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. Annual Inspection for the Cheyenne Housing Authority units are scheduled dependant on the participant’s recertification date.

Inspections are scheduled within 12 months of the last HQS inspection. If the unit does not meet HQS the participant and/or landlord will have no more that 30 days to make the necessary repairs. Emergency items must be repaired within 24 hours. (see emergency inspection for details on items). The Cheyenne Housing Authority will automatically schedule the next inspection. If the items fail for a second time for landlord issues, the HAP contract will be abated and the participant will need to move to a unit that will pass HQS. If the unit fails a second time for participant issues, the participant will be terminated from the Section 8 program.
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Quality Control Inspection

HUD requires yearly the Housing Supervisor to conduct inspections on randomly selected units within 90 days of the last inspection. This inspection is conducted to ensure that the inspectors are doing their job properly in accordance with Housing Quality Standards.
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Special Inspection

If the participant has demonstrated that they have unsuccessfully been able to get the landlord to take care of problems in their units, the Cheyenne Housing Authority will schedule a special inspection in order to help get HQS problems taken care of. If the Landlord has requested a special inspection due to them believing that the participant is now following their participant requirements, a special inspection will be scheduled in order to possibly alleviate any problems with the participants.

If the inspections fails due to HQS item(s), the landlord and/or participant will need to repair all items within 30 days. If the next scheduled inspection fails on landlord issues, the HAP will be abated and the participant will be allowed to move to a unit that passes HQS. If the next scheduled inspection fails on participant issues, their housing assistance will be terminated.
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Emergency Inspection

If the unit is unsafe for occupancy due to no utilities, fire, flood, structural damage, or any other items that CHA determines to be an emergency (ex: life, health and safety items). Emergency inspections are normally arranged within one business day.

If the unit is determined to be a threat to the health and safety of the participant, the corrective action must take place within 24 hours. If the action is not immediately remedied, the HAP contract will be abated and the participant will be allowed to move to a unit that will pass HQS.

Emergency items consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Utilities being shut-off due to non-payment of the landlord
  • No water and/or portable water
  • No hot water due to faulty water heater
  • No heat
  • No properly working smoke detectors on each floor of unit
  • Gas leak
  • Broken lock(s) on first floor doors or windows
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Learn More

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