Housing Quality Standards Inspections (HQS)

OHA inspects Section 8 units before the lease begins and throughout the duration of the resident's tenancy. OHA's inspection standards, called Housing Quality Standards (HQS), are basic health and safety standards that are different from housing or building codes.​ All units rented by families assisted under the HCV program must meet HQS. MTW Voucher units are inspected every two years. Non-MTW Voucher units are inspected at least annually.

OHA performs the following​ types of inspections: