Resuming Physical Inspections Post-COVID-19
Effective Monday June 14, 2021, the Long Beach Housing Authority will resume conducting physical inspections Housing Quality Standards (HQS). This is a change from the previous Remote Video Inspection. During the physical inspection, you MUST follow the instructions listed below.
- Face masks for participants, owners/property managers, and inspectors are REQUIRED during of the entire inspection. If federal requirements are less strict the Long Beach Housing Authority obey the City and County safety guidelines.
- The inspector will avoid physical contact with the participant, owner/property manager during the inspection.
- During the inspection you must allow 6 feet between you and the inspector.
- If you refuse to follow safety rules, the inspector WILL NOT continue with the inspection. The inspection will result in a “no entry” and another appointment will be scheduled for a later date.
- During the inspection you must allow 6 feet (social distance) between you and the inspector.
Before entering the unit, the inspector will ask the following questions:
- Have you been in contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks?
- In the last 24-hours have you had any symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Have you recently traveled out of state or out of the country?
If you do not agree with the inspector conducting a physical inspection, you may request for a Remote Video Inspection. If you choose to participate in the Remote Video Inspection a cellphone will be required. Please email HA-Inspections@longbeach.gov if you would like to schedule a Remote Video Inspection.
Owner Certification – The Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB) is permitting owners and Head of Household (HOH) to self-certify the unit meets or exceeds the Housing Quality Standards Set for by HUD. By signing this agreement, the HOH and owner agrees they have walked through the unit and agree the unit meets Housing Quality Standards. The form must be signed by both the owner and HOH and returned to the Housing Authority for processing. It is the owner’s responsibility to complete this form, obtain tenants signature, and return to HA-Inspections@longbeach.gov within 10 business days. If you choose this option, the unit will be re-inspected within one year. The owner certification form cannot be used for life-threatening deficiencies. This option is available until December 31, 2021.
For Reasonable Accommodation request, please contact Inspections Supervisor, Joi Dailey at (562) 570-6365 or e-mail Joi.Dailey@longbeach.gov for assistance.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding inspections, please contact the Inspections Unit via phone at (562) 570-5303 or (562) 570-5307 for assistance.
We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for you and your family.
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: