If, at the biennial inspection, a unit fails two consecutive inspections because of owner-related deficiencies, the LACDA withholds or abates payments to the owner.
Abatement begins on the first day of the month following the second consecutive inspection that fails for owner-related deficiencies.
Abatement will also occur if the unit fails a lead-based paint visual assessment and the owner fails to meet applicable requirements within the 30-day timeframe. In this case, payments will be withheld or abated starting on the first of the following month.
The LACDA payments will not be refunded to the owner for the period that the unit is in abatement.
You are still responsible for paying your share of the rent while the unit is in abatement. You are not responsible for paying the balance of the rent - you must continue to pay only the portion of rent authorized by the LACDA.
It is your responsibility - and a family obligation - to ensure that the inspector is able to gain entry to the unit. If you cannot be present, you are responsible for finding another person, 18 years old or older, who can be present, so the inspection can be conducted. The LACDA may also reschedule your inspection if you have good cause, but you must call to reschedule before the day of the inspection. Failing to ensure the inspector gains access to your unit for your scheduled Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection may be grounds for termination of your assistance.
The LACDA strongly recommends that you and/or the owner are present at the inspection to address questions that the inspector may have about specific deficiencies.
Your first point of contact is your owner or property manager. Owner and tenant communication is vital to resolving property-related concerns.
If you are unable to resolve a matter with your owner or property manager, you may contact the LACDA and request an interim or emergency inspection of the unit.