Section 3.2: Housing Quality Standards

Housing Quality Standards (HQS) set acceptable conditions for interior living space, building exterior, heating and plumbing systems, and general health and safety. Before any rental assistance may be provided, the grantee, or another qualified entity acting on the grantee's behalf (but not the entity providing the housing), must physically inspect each S+C unit to ensure that it meets HQS. [582.305(a)]

Any housing quality problems must be corrected within 30 days from the start of the lease, and the grantee must verify that all problems have been corrected.


HQS standards are detailed in 24 CFR 982.401 for the TRA, SRA, and PRA components. For the SRO component only, HQS standards are found in 24 CFR 882.803 (b).