Overview of Housing Quality Standards

  • The foundation, stairs, rails, gutters, and porch must be sound and free from hazard.
  • All entrances to a dwelling must have working locks and form a weather-tight seal.
  • Windows and frames must be in good condition.
  • All windows less than six feet from ground level must have locks and window screens that are in good condition.
  • Any steps or porches 30 inches high must have handrails.
  • The floors throughout the structure must be in good condition and free of torn or curled-up flooring that might present a tripping hazard.
  • Each room must have working electrical outlets. At least two outlets are required for each room or one working outlet and an overhead light.
  • Each room must be provided with adequate lighting.
  • The heating and cooling system must be adequate to heat and cool the entire unit.
  • The water heater must have a drain line coming from the pop-off safety valve and pointing towards the floor.
  • Kitchen and bathroom faucets must be in good working condition.
  • All bathrooms must be ventilated (exhaust fan or a window that will open).
  • Any electrical hazards, such as worn cover plates or outlets, loose hanging wires, frayed wiring, loosely fitting light fixtures, or overloaded circuits, should be repaired immediately.
  • All plumbing should be watertight and should drain properly.
  • Any unused appliances, furniture, or debris should be removed from the premises.
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors should be free of mildew fungus.
  • All appliances must be in good operating condition.
  • Privacy must be provided for all bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • Safe and easy access to the unit must be maintained at all times.
  • All units must be kept free of insect infestation and infestation by household pests.
  • All units must contain one working smoke detector per level (up and down stairs).