Umatilla County Housing Authority

Frequent Fail Items to Check

The items listed below are those which frequently cause a living unit to fail inspection. Checking these areas ahead of time will greatly improve the unit's chances of passing inspection on the first attempt.

UTILITIES MUST BE ON - MUST HAVE A TRASH CAN WITH A LID - MUST HAVE A STOVE AND A REFRIGERATOR.

1. Secure electrical connection at body of garbage disposal.
2. Secure electrical connection at body of hot water heater.
3. Missing and/or cracked outlet and light switch plate cover.
4. Electrical baseboard heaters loose from the wall.
5. ALL stove burners and oven must function, adjustment knobs must all be present.
6. Refrigerator must function.
7. Refrigerator door gaskets should be in good condition (torn, deteriorated seals fail.)
8. Bath doors cannot open against heat source.
9. Any peeling paint in or on unit built prior to 1978 if tenant has a child under 6 years old.
10. Wiring left exposed under sink with no disposal.
11. Non-locking doors or windows that are accessible from the outside.
12. Major cracks or broken windows.
13. Any exposed wiring.
14. Hot water heater needs pressure relief valve and discharge line aimed towards floor. No less than 6 inches from floor.
15. Faulty steps or railing.
16. Decks or porches 30'' above the ground must have perimeter railings and step rail.
17. Bathroom must have a window that opens or working fan.
18. Excessive debris of any kind, in or out of the unit.
19. Infestations of varmints (rats, roaches, etc.)
20. Serious water leaks (plumbing).
21. FOR MOBILE HOMES: tie downs.
22. Missing breaker in electrical panel.
23. Linoleum and wall to wall carpets must be safe from tripping hazards. (i.e. torn, frayed, etc.)
24. Laundry dryers in units must have vents vented to the outside.
25. Front and back doors should not have open air gaps.
26. Working smoke detectors on each floor of the unit.
27. All three pronged outlets must be grounded, GFCI protected, or (in older homes) converted back to original two pronged outlets

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