Inspections During COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 the Long Beach Housing Authority has implemented an alternate virtual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections. Effective Monday August 3, 2020 the LBHA will perform virtual inspections for Biennial and Special Inspections. Initial Inspections will continue to be performed on-site and the inspector will meet the landlord at the property. Virtual inspections will allow the agency to conduct inspections while complying with social distancing orders.
Here is what you can do to prepare for the virtual inspection:
- Prepare for virtual inspections by obtaining free apps, such as WhatsApp or FaceTime, and install the app on your device (smart phone, laptop, etc.).
- Test the app to ensure the video and audio are working.
- Contact your landlord before the inspection if there are issues that need to be addressed.
- The Inspector will need to view all rooms within the unit and the exterior property.
- Please make sure that all spaces are accessible.
- The inspector will contact you to begin the virtual inspection.
The inspection may take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the unit and the number of deficiencies.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the virtual inspection, please contact the Inspections Unit at (562) 570-5303. You may also or e-mail Sophy.Chhoy@longbeach.gov or Debra.Brown@longbeach.gov for assistance.
We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together to provide decent, safe, a sanitary housing for you during these challenging times.
As required by HUD, over the course of a year the Housing Authority's Inspection Unit conducts more than 12,000 inspections for the various programs that the Housing Authority operates to ensure that each leased unit meets the Program guidelines.
The various inspections that the Housing Authority performs include:
- Initial inspections - the first inspection of the unit before a lease can be signed and the participant can move in
- Biennial inspections – an inspection of each unit must be completed within 24 months of the previous inspection to ensure compliance with housing quality standards.
- Annual inspections - an inspection of each unit at least every 364 days to ensure compliance with housing quality standards
- Re-inspections and subsequent inspections - which are follow-ups to annual inspections which need some type of corrective actions
- Special inspections - the Housing Authority is informed by the participant, the landlord or a neighbor that there is a problem/complaint with the leased unit and some type of corrective action may be needed
- Quality Control inspections - when a supervisor re-inspects a unit to ensure the quality of the inspection and to ensure that the unit meets all of the HUD requirements
It is the responsibility of both the owner and tenant that each leased unit meet the inspection guidelines as established by HUD and the Housing Authority. Failure to meet and correct any inspection failures could lead to termination of the lease with the owner and eviction of the tenant.
- Inspection checklist
- Commonly failed inspection items
- Pre-Annual Inspection checklist
- Inspection Pictures
- HUD/EPA Pamphlet- "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home"
- Pathways to a Healthy and Safe Home
- COVID_19 HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS Self Certification form
National Healthy Homes Month
HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Controla nd Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is coordinating the efforts of National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM). Thanks to the support and collaborations with other federal agencies and partners; NHHM will provide a deliverate, coordinated and holistic approach to creating healthy and safe homes. Creating a holistic approach includes efforts to combine activities related to:
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention
- Residential asthma intervention
- Injury prevention
- Smoke free public housing
- Safe indoor pest control
- Radon Safety
- Disaster Recovery
The target audiences for the scope of activities are comprised of state and local government agencies, nongovernmental organization, nonprofit organizations, property owners and individual families especially those with small children.
Please see below for additional documention: