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AHA s Enhanced Inspection Standards Checklist

Is Your Unit Rent Ready to Pass Inspection? Housing Choice Voucher Program

All housing units participating in Atlanta Housing Authority’s (AHA) Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) must meet AHA’s Enhanced Inspection Standards on an ongoing basis as detailed in this checklist. AHA established these standards in order to ensure that units participating in the HCVP provide quality living environments for HCVP participants in healthy mixed-income communities where families can thrive. In evaluating a unit for suitability, AHA will evaluate the condition of the unit itself as well as the condition of the surrounding Vicinity. Our goal is to ensure that every Housing Choice family enjoys full access to educational and employment opportunities in a healthy community that promotes good citizenship and cooperative living. Please note that the following AHA Enhanced Inspection Standards Checklist is only a general checklist of requirements . All City, County, and State codes must be followed. AHA will cite, require correction and act upon observable conditions of mold, and AHA may reject units with lead, asbestos or handicapped accessibility issues.

Upon your confirmation that the subject property fully meets 100% of the standards listed in the checklist below, you may submit the Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) form to AHA for processing.


For multifamily properties:

AHA assistance at this multifamily property is less than 40% of the total occupied units.

The property meets all City, County and State building code requirements. All properties are required to meet the permitting requirements of the local jurisdiction. All properties built prior to 1978 must be free of lead based paint hazards. Refer to http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/enforcement/lshr.cfm for more details. Unit is free of mold and mildew. Unit must be free of pests/rodents.


The property meets AHA’s Site/Vicinity requirements. The Site/Vicinity is generally defined as the geographical area which poses the greatest impact to the living conditions at or surrounding the subject property.

As a general guideline, AHA may consider open vacant units, dilapidated units, fire damaged units or overgrown lots that impact the living conditions at or surrounding the subject property. A significant number of vacant secured units is unacceptable.

Site/Vicinity may not have abandoned vehicles/junk cars, illegal repair shops (including shade tree mechanics), excessive noise/vibrations, furniture, trash and/or debris dumping.

Signs of suspicious illegal activity and graffiti are not permitted. Conditions which would place the participant in an isolated living environment are not acceptable.


House numbers must be visible from the street and mailbox must be in good repair. Lawn and storage areas are free of garbage and debris.

Adequate facilities for the disposal of garbage and food wastes must be present, provided by the owner and meet the requirements of the local agency designated for pickup/removal.

Adequate ground covering, preferably grass, must be present. No overgrown vegetation such as weeds or kudzu. Problems with water ponding or severe erosion must not be present. Fencing and retaining walls, if present, are in good repair and free of graffiti.

Building Exterior

Sidewalks, roadways and parking areas must be free from hazards and in good repair.

Roof, gutter, fascia, exterior cladding and foundation walls are all structurally sound, weather tight and in good repair. The unit may not have cracks, holes or openings that are accessible to insects or rodents.

Unit is free of peeling paint and graffiti. Windows work properly, are weather tight and lockable, do not have broken or missing panes and are in good repair.

All exterior windows designed to open must have screens.

Porches, balconies, raised floor surfaces or retaining walls more than 30 inches above floor or grade shall have safety guards not less than 36 inches in height.

Stairs with four or more steps have a handrail on one continuous side and in accordance with building codes. Proper locks are required on all exterior doors. No double cylinder locks on exterior doors, interior doors, windows or security bars. If the building has gutters, they must be clear of debris and in good repair.

230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2421

Office: 404-892-4700

Fax: 404-685-4896


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AHA Form HCX003500 (November 2010)

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