The Most Common Fail Items on a Section 8 Inspection
1) inoperable smoke alarms (batteries dead or missing)
2) missing or cracked electrical outlet cover plates
3) railings not present where required (handrails for steps most commonly required)
4) deteriorated paint surfaces (i.e. peeling, cracking, flaking paint on exterior and interior surfaces
(lead-based paint is an issue for all units built prior to 1-1-78, specifically with a child under age 6
in the family)
5) tripping hazards caused by permanently installed floor coverings (carpet/vinyl)
6) cracked or broken window panes
7) inoperable burners on stoves or inoperable range hoods missing burner control knobs
9) defective refrigerator gaskets (broken seal allowing air to escape)
10) leaking faucets or other plumbing
11) no temperature/pressure relief valve on water heaters
12) no insulation around front and back doors (ensure no outside light can be seen when doors are closed)
13)Hot Water Heater must have discharge line at least 6 inches from the floor.
14)All Bedroom windows must be openable. Screens must be on all openable windows.
15)All utilities must be on at the time of the inspection.
16)Appliances- Stove & Refrigerator- must be present at the time of inspection. This is required whether the utilities are tenant or owner supplied.