A special inspection is caused at the request of the owner, family, an outside agency or third-party. If at any time the family or owner notifies the Housing Department that the unit does not meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS), the Housing Department may conduct an inspection. In most cases to conduct a special inspection, tenant must provide notice of deficiencies to the landlord and provide the Housing Department with a copy. The Housing Department also may conduct a special inspection based on information from third parties such as neighbors or public officials.
The Housing Department will inspect the items that were reported, but if the Inspector notices additional deficiencies that would cause the unit to fail HQS, the responsible party will be required to make the necessary repairs. If the anniversary date of the annual inspection is within 120 days of a special inspection, the special inspection will be categorized as annual and all annual inspection procedures will be followed.