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Housing Inspections

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High St
Caribou, Maine 04736
Lisa Plourde, Executive Director
Sue Ouellette, FSS/Homeownership
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178
E-mail: housing@cariboumaine.org

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Equal Housing Opportunity

The goal of the Housing choice Voucher Program is to provide “decent, safe and sanitary” housing at an affordable cost to low-income families.  Housing Quality Standards help HUD and local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) accomplish that goal by defining “standard housing” and establishing the minimum quality criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants. All Section 8 housing units must meet these housing quality standards in order to participate in the Section 8 program.

To accomplish this, program regulations set forth basic housing quality standards (HQS).   HQS defines the “housing standard” and establishes the minimum criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants. Caribou Housing Agency will complete a Housing Quality Standard inspection on all units assisted by our Agency.  All units must meet Housing Quality Standards before assistance can be paid on behalf of a family and at least annually throughout the term of the assisted tenancy.

 If deficiencies are discovered during any inspection, the landlord should correct them immediately. Caribou Housing may defer rent increase, withhold payments and/or terminate the HAP Contract if deficiencies are not corrected.  Special inspections, which may occur more than once a year, are any inspections that are not annually scheduled and/or are requested by the owner, tenant, Housing Agency or HUD.

Types of Inspections

Initial Inspection

Each unit must pass an HQS inspection before a family will be authorized to move into a unit.

Annual Inspection

Each unit will be inspected annually and must be approved for continued participation in the HCV program.

Special Inspection

If a family, landlord or general public has a concern or problem with an assisted unit, an inspection will be conducted on the unit to determine what, if any, corrective action must take place.

Quality Control Inspection

A sample of completed HQS inspections will be re-inspected approximately three months after the unit last passed inspection to determine Caribou Housing Agency performance and identify any areas in which an Inspector may need additional training.

Resources for Tenants and Landlords:

Inspection Requirements

HUD Inspection Form: Inspection Checklist – HUD

Inspection Handbook