Click here for information on Emergency Financial Housing Assistance Programs and to apply.
Common Home Inspection Citations
Following are most commonly cited inspection issues resulting in a failed inspection.
- Presence of lead: Owners must be in compliance with Massachusetts Lead Laws and have a valid Letter of Compliance.
- Asbestos material must be in good repair and/or be encapsulated or removed per State Regulations.
- Functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors must be in place per Massachusetts Laws.
- Bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room floors must be intact and covered with non-absorbent waterproof material.
- All exterior doors and windows must be weather tight and function as originally designed.
- All kitchen stoves shall be secured by anti-tip devices. All cooking surfaces must be even with of above adjacent counter tops.
- All exposed wood surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms must be painted or sealed and shall be of smooth surfaces so as to easily clean them.
- Units must be free from all rodents, skunks, cockroaches and insect infestation. Inspections will not be conducted with the presence of bedbugs.
- The inspector must have access to inspect the entire basement area.
- Heat must be operational between September 15 and June 15. Hot water must measure between 110-130 degrees.
- A window or working vent fan must be present in each bathroom.
- Handrails are required where there are four or more risers both interior and exterior stairs.
- Hot water heaters and boilers must have pressure relief valves and attached overflow pies extending to within 6” of the floor.
- No doors, interior or exterior, may have double cylinder deadbolts installed or any other locks that require special tools or knowledge to open.