Boston Housing Authority

For Section 8/Leased Housing > Inspections


Initial Inspection Process

After you receive the completed Request for Tenancy Approval, a Boston Housing Authority (BHA) inspector will visit the apartment to determine whether it is in good condition. The inspection criteria are based on the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code and HUD Housing Quality Standards.

The inspector ensures that the apartment has windows, lights, electrical outlets, is well ventilated, has enough space for the people who will be living there, has two exits and is in safe and sanitary condition. If the apartment does not meet these standards, it will fail inspection. 

If a failed inspection is due to repairs that can be completed in a timely manner, BHA will allow the landlord to make the repairs before a second inspection.

If the apartment fails the inspection, it is up to you to look for a new apartment as soon as possible. Remember – after the voucher is received, you are allowed only 120 days to find an approved apartment. A failed inspection will slow down the process. You might want to look for another apartment rather than wait for that apartment to pass inspection because there is a chance that the apartment will never pass the inspection.

Yearly Inspection Process

In addition to the initial inspection, BHA is required to inspect each Housing Choice Voucher Program apartment every year. BHA will notify the tenant and landlord of when the inspection will occur. If the apartment passes inspection, no action is taken. If the apartment fails inspection, the owner and tenant are notified, and the owner is required to make repairs. Once the repairs are made, the apartment will be re-inspected. Some emergency repairs (for example, no heat during cold weather) must be completed within 24 hours, but most repairs are required to be completed within 30 days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to many inspections questions here.

Contact Information

General Telephone Number
(617) 522-0048

Fax Number
(617) 524-9134

Inspection Dispatchers
North of Boston – Margaret Vargas – (617) 988-5308
West of Boston – Rita Tan – (617) 988-5313
South of Boston – Janette Myers – (617) 988-5349

Supervisory Staff
Operations Manager – Patricia McKellick – (617) 988-5325
Inspection Manager – Ray Velasquez – (617) 988-4576
Director of Inspections – David Barrett – (617) 988-5276

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