Landlords with units in good repair will soon be able to move to biennial housing inspections.
The District of Columbia Housing Authority will begin a new initiative next year that allows landlords to get the required Housing Quality Standards inspection every two years, following two years of satisfactory inspections and if all repairs the landlord has made were completed in a timely fashion.
“These outstanding landlords will have the ability to come back to us every other year. They earned this,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “We still expect our customers to let us know if there is an issue between inspections. That does not change at all.”
This initiative will save time for both the landlord and the customer. Often these customers must take the time off of work or away from regular activities to meet with inspectors.
In order to qualify, the unit must not have received a final failed inspection due to a customer or owner-violation in the past two years.
“This initiative not only saves time and the agency money, but it encourages our landlords and customers to meet the HQS requirements,” said Ron McCoy, director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The customer still has the right to call DCHA to request an inspection if the landlord does not meet the standards. If the violations are not fixed in a proper amount of time, the unit will go back to annual inspections and rent payments from DCHA would be put on hold.
This change follows several other customer-centric offerings from DCHA such as biennial recertification and the ability to drop off recertification packets in the lobby.