Housing Inspector

Job Description


JOB CODE 08450

Effective Date: Rev. 10/02N


The fundamental reason this classification exists is to conduct initial move-in, annual occupied, and special inspections on single family residences, town houses and apartments to ensure that properties meet federal and local housing quality standards required for eligibility in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Incuments make independent judgments in the field in accordance with departmental policy, and must effectively communicate these decisions to others to obtain compliance. Incumbents report to a Housing Inspector*Lead, and work is evaluated based upon result obtained.


  • Inspects properties for compliance with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Quality Standards (HQS);
  • Inspects properties for compliance with applicable local building codes and zoning ordinances that have been added to the HQS requirements by the City and approved for inclusion by HUD;
  • Assesses damages, determines who is responsible for correction, and establishes deadlines for completion of work;
  • Completes inspection reports and related documentation;
  • Documents efforts to bring properties into compliance and conducts follow-up inspections to ensure that work is completed;
  • Testifies and presents evidence in administrative hearings and court proceedings;
  • Provides specialized customer service for large apartment, townhouse, and/or single family unit landlords who have more than 40 contracts with the Section 8 program;
  • Assures all inspections are scheduled, performed, and inputted in a timely manner;
  • Provides information on other City agencies and departments when needed;
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
  • Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Federal Housing Quality Standards.
  • Local ordinances and building codes incorporated into the HQS for the Section 8 Program in Phoenix.
  • Building trades and construction methods.
  • General understanding of the Section 8 program and the Landlord/Tenant Act.
  • City agencies and departments.
Ability to:
  • Communicate orally with customers, clients or the public in face-to-face one-to-one settings, using a telephone, or in group settings.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written materials.
  • Objectively interpret and consistently apply regulations in accordance with department policies.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation. This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.
  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Enter data or information into a terminal, PC, or other keyboard device.
  • Observe or monitor objects to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Perceive the full range of the color spectrum, such as when working with electrical wires.
  • Measure distances using a tape measure.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the outdoor elements.
  • Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually while performing inspections.
  • Travel over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Make independent decisions to resolve problems or conflicts, and to enforce housing program rules and regulations.
  • Work cooperatively with other City employees, housing applicants and residents, community workers, and the public.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

Additional Requirements:

  • Positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.


One year of experience in building inspections or in a technical trade such as plumbing, electrical, or HVAC, including some public contact work. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.