Department: Public Housing

Hiring Rate: $33,059.00

Salary Range: $34,711.00 - $49,587.00

                                                     PUBLIC HOUSING INSPECTOR


                                                          General Statement of Duties


Performs skilled technical work in the inspection of housing within the county to ensure compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards. 


                                                   Distinguishing Features of the Class


An employee in this class conducts initial, annual, and special re-inspections of rental houses and apartment buildings to determine whether they meet HUD Housing Quality Standards, and completes inspections records and reports.  Work includes investigating noncompliance problems and/or damages by the tenant. Inspections involve checking safety and living conditions of the building and completing a comprehensive checklist. The employee also participates in other agency work including verifying records accuracy and tenant eligibility.   Independent technical judgement is required to interpret standards.  Inspections may require some physical effort and are performed under hazards present in potentially substandard housing conditions. The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions and extremely hot and cold temperatures. Work is performed under general supervision  and is evaluated through observation, periodic quality control re-inspections, by review of reports, and through feedback. 


                                                           Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Tasks

Conducts initial inspection and annual re-inspection of rental property being considered for HUD rental assistance payments; checks on a wide variety of safety and living conditions to determine whether the units meet standards required by HUD Section 8 assisted units provision;; sets u inspections appointments with property owner and tenant; prepares and sends a lists of needed repairs to owners and tenants; conducts final inspection to verify repairs; negotiates rent with property owner based on determining market with other comparisons.

Investigates tenant complaints and landlord complaints regarding housing conditions.

Inspects functional working of plumbing, windows, doors, locks, smoke detectors, HVAC, roof, and checks for general structural soundness.

Notifies responsible parties of defects and re-inspects to determine if corrective actions have been taken.

            Verifies tenant income; sends out income requests to employers; checks social security, disability, child support, work first and HUD data bases; calculates HUD portion of rent based on tenant’s family income; performs data entry to maintain data base and print housing assistance contracts, lease, etc.

            Provides information to tenants and landlords by phone and in person; transmits HUD data base monthly; proofs and edits data base; maintains log of work activities.

Attends safety meetings and training workshops.


Additional Job Duties

Performs related duties as required.


                                      Recruitment and Selection Guidelines


Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of HUD Quality Housing Standards.

Considerable knowledge of practices and materials used in the installation, construction, repair and maintenance of a variety of electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment, appliances and fixtures.

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Knowledge of the application of information technology to the work.

Ability to interpret and apply detailed regulatory requirements.

Ability to deal firmly and tactfully with property owners, tenants, and the general public.

Skill in reading and interpreting plans and specifications.

Ability to enforce regulations tactfully and firmly.

Ability to work independently and productively.

Ability to establish and maintain accurate and thorough records using manual and technology resources.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, peers, landlords, property owners and participants in the housing programs.


Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Must possess the visual acuity to inspect details of construction, prepare reports, and do extensive reading.


Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school supplemented by trade school course work in building construction trades, some experience in the construction trades and/or some housing inspections work; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Special Requirement

Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license. 

            Ability to obtain Housing Quality Standards certification within  one year of hire.


Columbus County


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