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Berkshire Housing Development Corporation & Housing Services Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions
for Section 8 Landlords

Below are a number of questions often asked of BHDC staff. If your questions are not answered, please contact BHDC directly.

What is Section 8?
What standards do BHDC housing inspectors use?
Do BHDC Inspectors enforce State Sanitary Code?
Why must a unit be inspected?
How often will my unit be inspected?
How do I get ready for a BHDC Inspection?
Why does the Inspector need access to the basement?
What if the Inspector finds violations?
What if the repairs aren’t completed by the re-inspection date?
What should I do if I don’t understand the citations?
Can I request an extension for repairs?
Do I need lead-based paint compliance?

What is Section 8?

The actual name of the program commonly known as “Section 8” is the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It is a federally funded program that subsidizes rents for eligible participants who rent units in the private market. It is designed to assist very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to rent decent, safe and sanitary housing. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of a participating family.

What standards do BHDC housing inspectors use?

Our housing inspectors inspect according to minimum habitability and program requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). These standards are collectively referred to as Housing Quality Standards (HQS).


Berkshire Housing Development Corporation & Berkshire Housing Services, Inc.
One Fenn Street, 3rd floor - Pittsfield, MA 01201 - Phone: 413.499.1630 - Fax: 413.496-9831