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Housing Inspector

Full-time with benefit options.

All applicants must be able to pass pre-employment drug screening,
criminal background check, and possess a valid NC Driver's License.

Applications are available at our Central Office (1103 Broad St.)

Resumes will not be accepted in place of an application.

For more info, please contact Aisha Holton via email or 252-329-4070.

Department/Business Unit
Housing Choice Voucher (S8) & Inspections


Deputy Executive Director/COO


Job Summary
The purpose of this position is to perform intermediate skilled technical work inspecting housing units to determine compliance with Housing Quality Standards, policies, and requirements. This is accomplished by identifying required improvements and maintenance, maintaining records and files, and entering data. Responsibilities also include related work as apparent or assigned.

Qualification Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions (examples of duties)

  • Performs initial, annual, and complaint inspections of housing units for compliance with HUD UPCS protocol and Housing Quality standards, local codes, and polices; determines necessary repairs and whether efficient, economical, and timely repairs are being completed; inspects interior, exterior, and ground areas; determines landlord upkeep of the units and tenant housekeeping conditions.

  • Coordinates inspection with tenants and landlords; discusses needed repairs with property owners; discusses housing quality with tenants.

  • Inspects properties desiring to qualify for programs such as Section 8, Shelter Plus Care, VASH, and HOPWA; determines necessary repairs and makes note of general condition of the unit.

  • Performs quality control checks of required repairs to verify completion and ensures compliance with housing quality standards; conducts reinspections as needed.

  • Enters inspection data into computer system; updates and maintains files with inspection forms and correspondence as prescribed by HUD; prepares required reports.

  • Informs Housing Specialists of inspection results; consults with supervisors on landlord and tenant problems.

  • Explains rules and regulations of Shelter Plus Care, VASH, or HOPWA programs to property owner and tenants.

  • Coordinates Public Housing unit renovations and repairs; to include identifying contractors to make necessary repairs.

Education and Experience (at minimum)

High school diploma or GED and considerable experience in building construction and maintenance work.
The equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • the proper methods and procedures for inspecting residential properties.
  • electrical, plumbing, and carpentry repairs, installation, and maintenance.
  • trade terminology.
  • the policies, procedures, and activities of the Authority and HUD regarding housing leases/inspections.
  • the practices, methods, materials, and tools used for general property and grounds maintenance.
  • the occupational and safety precautions of the trade.
  • the proper and safe use of equipment, machinery, tools, and chemicals necessary for assignment completion.

Skilled in:

  • the operation of trucks and other automotive equipment. 
  • performing maintenance, installation, and repair operations incidental to regular duties and/or area of assignment.

Ability to:

  • follow oral and written instructions.
  • perform manual work requiring some physical strength and agility.
  • use a variety of equipment and tools for maintenance including hand tools and testing equipment.
  • exercise adequate safety precautions against safety hazards. 
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with landlords, internal and external customers, and the general public.

Physical Requirements

This work requires the following:

  • regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force
  • regularly standing, walking, speaking or hearing, reaching with hands and arms and repetitive motions, frequently requires sitting, using hands to finger, handle or feel, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, pushing or pulling and lifting and occasionally requires tasting or smelling. 
  • close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision. 
  • vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound. 
  • preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, usage of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm's length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities. 
  • regular exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to the risk of electrical shock, frequently requires exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather) and exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally requires working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and exposure to vibration; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic). 

Special Requirements
Valid North Carolina Driver's License Housing Quality Standards and NSPIRE Inspector Certifications (required to obtain within one year of employment)