Q: What about the initial inspection?
A: The RFTA packet has a specific form that asks when the unit will be ready to be inspected. This is NOT the date we will be inspecting the unit. This is the date the unit is ready to be inspected. We will inspect the unit on or after this date. All housing authorities use the same Federal inspection form: HUD 52580 Inspection Form. We will contact the property owner to schedule an inspection for this unit. The utilities, breakers and appliances must be on and working when the inspector arrives. Do not…we repeat…do not sign a lease with the property owner until the unit has passed the inspection and all required paperwork has been submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority and approved.
If you sign a lease prior to the unit passing inspection we will not pay any portion of rental assistance until the day the unit passes inspection. If the unit never passes inspection we will not pay any form of rental assistance at all and you will be responsible for 100% of the rent.
Once the inspection has passed and all other required paperwork has been submitted and approved, the landlord and tenant are eligible to execute a lease. The executed lease should be submitted to the Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority to enable the process to generate a HAP Contract. The date of the executed lease should be on or after the date of the unit passing inspection.
Q: Are there any other inspections?
A: Landlords and tenants receive a Notice of Inspection scheduled for the annual inspection of each unit under Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract. All units must be inspected at least annually even if a tenant is scheduled to move. The Head of Household, co-Head/Spouse, or another adult 18 or over or the Property owner/Management Company agent must be present.
The inspector will return calls or emails if you need to confirm the date and time. All inspections scheduled are mandatory. If the inspector is not able to enter the unit, the inspection will be classified as a No-Show. A No-Show inspection is defined as a Failed inspection. If a unit fails two consecutive inspections for any failed item the unit will be abated. This means no further payments will be made.
Q: Are there common reasons why a unit would fail an inspection?
A: This list shows some of the most common reasons
Walls and Ceilings
If the inspector is not able to enter the unit, the inspection will be classified as a No-Show. A No-Show inspection is defined as a Failed inspection.
If a unit fails two consecutive inspections for any failed item the unit may be abated. This means no further payments will be made.