EUGENE Habitability Standards
All housing assisted under Housing and Urban Development SHP or HPRP must provide safe and sanitary housing that is
in compliance with the habitability standards outlined below and any state or local requirements.
Mark each statement as A for approved or D for deficient. Property must meet all standards in order to be approved.
____ i. Structure and materials: The structures must be structurally sound so as not to pose any threat to the health and
safety of the occupants and so as to protect the residents from the elements. Roof, floors, walls, foundations and all
other structural components shall be capable of resisting loads prescribed by the building code in effect at the time
____ ii. Access: The housing must be accessible and capable of being utilized without unauthorized use of other private
properties. Structures must provide alternate means of egress in case of fire.
____ iii. Space and Security: Each resident must be afforded adequate space and security for themselves and their
belongings. Each resident must be provided an acceptable place to sleep. Doors and windows leading into a
dwelling unit must be equipped with locks and shall be maintained in a condition so as to restrict access into the
____ iv. Interior air quality: Every room or space must be provided with natural or mechanical ventilation. Structures must
be free of pollutants in the air at levels that threaten the health of residents.
____ v. Water Supply: The water supply must be free from contamination.
____ vi. Thermal environment: The housing must have adequate heating and/or cooling facilities in proper operating
(a) A permanently installed heat source able to provide a room temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit three feet
above the floor, measured in the approximate center of the room, in all habitable rooms. Portable space
heaters shall not be used to achieve compliance.
(b) All heating devices or appliances shall conform to applicable law at the time of installation.
(c) Ventilation for fuel-burning heating appliances shall be as required by the Mechanical Code at the time of
____ vii. Illumination and electricity: The housing must have adequate natural or artificial illumination to permit normal
indoor activities and to support the health and safety of residents. Sufficient electrical sources must be provided to
permit use of essential electrical appliances while assuring safety from fire.
____ viii. Food preparation and refuse disposal: All food preparation areas must contain suitable space and equipment to
store, prepare, and serve food in a sanitary manner.
____ ix. Sanitary Conditions: The housing and any equipment must be maintained in sanitary condition.
____ x. Sanitary Facilities: Residents must have access to sufficient sanitary facilities that are in proper operating
condition, may be used in privacy, and are adequate for personal cleanliness and the disposal of human waste.
____ xi. Lead-based paint: If the structure was built prior to 1978, and a child under the age of six or a pregnant woman will
reside in the property, and the property has a defective paint surface inside or outside the structure, the property
cannot be approved until the defective surface is repaired by at least scraping and painting the surface with two
coats of non-lead based paint. Defective paint surface means: applicable surface on which paint is cracking,
scaling, chipping, peeling or loose. If a child under age six, residing in the assisted property, has an Elevated Blood
Level, paint surfaces must be tested for lead-based paint. If lead is found present, the surface must be abated in
accordance with 24 CFR Part 35.
Note the following to assist in determining if unit can be approved or is deficient:
Date built/rehabbed ______________; □Children under 6 present □Pregnant woman
____ xii. Smoke detectors: Every dwelling unit shall be equipped with an approved and properly functioning smoke alarm or
smoke detector installed and maintained in accordance with the state building code, ORS 479.270, 479.275, and
479.285, and applicable rules of the State Fire Marshal. Each unit must include at least one battery-operated or
hard –wired smoke detector, in proper working condition, on each occupied level of the unit. Smoke detectors must
be located, to the extent practicable, in a hallway adjacent to a bedroom. If the unit is occupied by hearing-
impaired persons, smoke detectors must have an alarm system designed for hearing-impaired persons in each
bedroom occupied by the hearing-impaired person. The public areas of all housing must be equipped with a
sufficient number, but not less than one for each area, of battery-operated or hard wired smoke detectors. Public
areas include, but are not limited to, laundry rooms, community rooms, day care centers, hallways, stairwells, and
other common areas.
____ xiii. Plumbing:
(a) Plumbing systems shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition and shall be free of defects, leaks and
obstructions. The presence of significant visible mold may be a symptom of faulty plumbing; however, the
presence of mold, by itself, is not a violation for purposes of sections 8.400 through 8.440 of the Eugene
Rental Housing Code.
(b) Repairs must be permanent rather than temporary and shall be through generally accepted plumbing methods.
If significant visible mold results from faulty plumbing, repairs must include removing the mold, which may
include mold on or in interior walls, sheetrock, insulation, floors, carpets or carpet backing.
____ xiv. Weatherproofing:
(a) Roof, exterior walls, windows and doors shall be maintained to prevent water leakage into living areas which
may cause damage to the structure or its contents or may adversely affect the health of an occupant. The
presence of significant visible mold may be a symptom of faulty weatherproofing, however, the presence of
mold, by itself, is not a violation for purposes of sections 8.400 through 8.440 of the Eugene Rental Code.
(b) Repairs must be permanent rather than temporary and shall be through generally accepted construction
methods. If significant visible mold results from faulty weatherproofing, repairs must include removing the
mold, which may include mold on or in interior walls, sheetrock, insulation, floors, carpets or carpet backing.
I certify that I am not a HUD certified inspector and I have visually evaluated the property located at the address below to
the best of my ability and find the following:
□The property meets all of the above standards □The property does not meet all of the above standards.
□The property is Rent Reasonable □The property is not Rent Reasonable
□Lead Base Paint Inspection only
Therefore, I make the following determination:
□The property is approved. □The property is not approved.
Case Name: ____________________________________________________________________________
Street Address: __________________________________________________________________________
Apartment # City State Zip
Evaluator’s Signature: _____________________________________________________
Please Print. Name: ______________________________________________________