To ensure the quality of our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rentals, the CHA conducts a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before you move in, and once every year after that.
Our goal is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to all of our participants. If you have any questions about your scheduled HQS inspection and/or inspection results, please call the McCright Inspection Call Center at (573) 234-4543 or fax to (423) 265-6222.
When your annual inspection is due, you will receive a letter from our McCright Inspection team telling you what day and time they will be there. It is the responsibility of the Section 8 participant to be present for the inspection. Failing to be present for the inspection will result in a failed inspection. A second failed inspection as a result of not being present for the inspection will result in the termination of the participant’s Section 8 voucher assistance.
Effective January 3, 2017, McCright & Associates will be conducting all HQS inspections for the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA).
McCright & Associates was founded in 1988 and is a woman and veteran owned company who has worked with numerous agencies nationwide since 1988 and provided cost effective, quality inspection services. This performance includes more than 1,500,000 inspections conducted successfully, within budget and on time. We look forward to providing the same exemplary services to the CHA.
CHA participants and landlords will have access to McCright’s Inspection Results Web Portal that allows them to view and print their inspection results from one convenient online source.
Once the landlord has provided the HCV specialist with the Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA), and the HCV specialist has determined that the rent is affordable and reasonable, the HCV specialist will request an initial inspection be conducted.
The HQS Inspector will contact the landlord to schedule a Housing Quality Standard inspection of the unit. These inspections make sure that the housing is decent, safe, and sanitary. All utilities must be turned on at this time in the landlord’s name. In some instances, the inspector may find items that must be fixed before the unit is approved for the program. In that case, the potential landlord will receive a letter by mail stating the deficiencies that will need to be remedied.
The landlord will be given a reasonable amount of time to fix the problems, and the unit will be inspected again once the inspector has been notified by the landlord that the repairs have been made. You should not move in before the unit passes inspection. If you do, you will be responsible for paying the entire rent amount due for that period.
Landlords and tenants should use the HQS checklist below to prepare for the inspection. Preparing for an inspection saves you time and avoids the need for a second re-inspection.
Tenants should also review the list below to prepare for their annual inspection. The simple housekeeping practices listed below will help you be prepared for these inspections, and create a clean and safe home for you and your family.
If the condition of your apartment or house has deteriorated beyond normal wear and tear due to neglect or damage that you or your guests have caused, we may propose termination of your HCV assistance. Below are items that CHA considers to be serious violations of the family obligations section of our agreement.
It is important to remember that you and any other persons in your household are responsible for taking care of the unit you reside in. It is important to care for the property in a respectful and responsible manner.
If you have a serious complaint about the condition of your unit, report this to your landlord in writing immediately and provide a copy of the letter to the Housing Choice Voucher Manager, Tawanda Edwards, at 201 Switzler Street, Columbia, MO 65203.
If your complaint is not addressed in a timely manner and you would like the CHA to conduct a “complaint inspection,” you can submit a request in writing to the CHA Administrative Office at 201 Switzler Street Columbia MO 65203 or forward an email request to the Housing Choice Voucher Manager, Tawanda Edwards.
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CHA provides housing assistance to over 1,900 families in Columbia and Boone County.
Families pay 30% of their adjusted household income for rent.
Our Family Self-Sufficiency Programs help families develop five-year plans for self-sufficiency.
201 Switzler St.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-2556 phone
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