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Housekeeping Obligations


To improve the livability and conditions of the units subsidized by the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach there are uniform standards for resident housekeeping. Tenants are obligated to keep their dwelling unit and other such areas as may be assigned to them for their exclusive use in a clean and safe condition.  The following items are intended as guide.  Any item that is determined to be of a danger to health and safety will fail your inspection.  Failure to maintain a clean and safe condition unit may result in TERMINATION from the program.



  • Walls: should be clean, free of dirt, grease, holes, cobwebs, and fingerprints.
  • Floors: should be clean, clear, dry and free of hazards.
  • Ceilings: should be clean and free of cobwebs.
  • Windows: should be clean and not nailed shut. Shades or blinds should be intact.
  • Woodwork: should be clean, free of dust, gouges, or scratches.
  • Doors: should be clean, free of grease and fingerprints. Doorstops should be present. Locks should work.
  • Heating units: should be dusted and access uncluttered.
  • Trash: shall be disposed of properly and not left in the unit.
  • Entire unit should be free of rodent or insect infestation.


  • Stove: should be clean and free of food and grease.
  • Refrigerator: should be clean. Freezer door should close properly and freezer have no more than one inch of ice.
  • Cabinets: should be clean and neat. Cabinet surfaces and countertop should be free of grease and spilled food. Cabinets should not be overloaded. Storage under the sink should be limited to small or lightweight items to permit access for repairs. Heavy pots and pans should not be stored under the sink.
  • Exhaust Fan: should be free of grease and dust.
  • Sink: should be clean, free of grease and garbage. Dirty dishes should be washed and put away in a timely manner.
  • Food storage areas: should be neat and clean without spilled food.
  • Trash/garbage: should be stored in a covered container until removed to the disposal area.


  • Toilet and tank: should be clean and odor free.
  • Tub and shower: should be clean and free of excessive mildew and mold. Where applicable, shower curtains should be in place, and of adequate length.
  • Lavatory: should be clean
  • Exhaust fans: should be free of dust.
  • Floor should be clean and dry.

Storage Areas

  • Linen closet: should be neat and clean.
  • Other closets: should be neat and clean. No highly volatile or flammable materials should be stored in the unit.
  • Other storage areas: should be clean, neat and free of hazards.


  • Garage:  should be organized and use of its intended purpose.  Do not use garage for sleeping areas.
  • Patios, walkways, front and rear entrances free from hazards, trash and litter.
  • Please refer to your Owner’s Lease for other items identified as tenant responsibilities.