If the HVAC system has holes in it from the manufacturer, can this be considered exposed wires? If the holes expose bare wires and/or bare connections it is an electrical defect.
What should the inspector do if the window air conditioner in a unit is unplugged? The inspector shall allow the property representative to plug it in and then test it for correct operation. (HVAC is seasonable)
The range hood exhaust fan is missing the filter. Is it a defect? Yes, it is a defect. (Inoperable –L3)
Is aluminum foil in the oven or on the stove top a defect? No defect
Is a pizza box, plastic bags, etc., stored in the oven a defect? Yes. It is recorded as Hazards- Other.
What should the inspector do if the stove in a unit is unplugged? The inspector will allow the property representative to plug it in and then inspect the stove for correct operation.
How do we inspect kitchen sink sprayers? The sink sprayer is only evaluated for leaks. If it is not present; it is not a defect.
Are thumb latches suitable substitutes for window locks? Yes. As long as they can be operated without the use of a tool.
Are sash pins (with or without a chain) suitable substitutes for defective balances? Yes. But they must be tested to ensure they function.
Some inspectors allow the escort to operate the windows, especially if they are difficult or the inspector fears damaging the window. Is this allowed? The inspector shall operate all windows except those that are not accessible due to a large bed blocking access or the window is elevated. In each of these cases, the inspector must observe the window being tested, either by the escort or the resident.
What level of effort must an inspector expend to open a window before determining it is inoperable and/or a blocked egress? The Inspector must use their own professional judgment to determine if the level of effort to open a window constitutes a deficiency for being inoperable and/or a blocked egress.