Housekeeping – Public Housing


Properties owned and operated by the Kelso Housing Authority are maintained according to Housing and Urban Developement (HUD) Standards, Kelso Housing Authority policy and the dwelling lease obligations.


Tenants of the Public Housing properties are obligated to keep their dwelling unit and other such areas as may be assigned to them for their exclusive use in a clean and safe condition. This includes keeping their front and rear entrances and walkways free from hazards and trash and keeping the yard free of debris and litter. At some of the properties, the tenants are responsible for keeping their yards mowed, sidewalks edged, flower beds and areas around their unit and storage shed weeded.

In an effort to improve the livability and conditions of the units owned and operated by the Kelso Housing Authority, there are uniform standards for resident housekeeping.

The Kelso Housing Authority inspects each unit at least annually, to determine compliance with these standards. Upon completion of the inspection the Housing Authority Inspector posts a letter to inform the tenant of any fail items and the date that the dwelling will be re-inspected for corrections.


  1. Walls: should be clean, free of dirt, grease, holes, cobwebs, and fingerprints.
  2. Floors: should be clean, clear, dry and free of hazards.
  3. Ceilings: should be clean and free of cobwebs.
  4. Windows: should be clean and not nailed shut. Shades or blinds should be intact.
  5. Woodwork: should be clean, free of dust, gouges, or scratches.
  6. Doors: should be clean, free of grease and fingerprints. Doorstops should be present. Locks should work.
  7. Heating units: should be dusted and access uncluttered.
  8. Trash: shall be disposed of properly and not left in the unit.
  9. Entire unit should be free of rodent or insect infestation.

Kitchen —

  1. Stove: should be clean and free of food and grease.
  2. Refrigerator: should be clean. Freezer door should close properly and freezer have nor more than one inch of ice.
  3. Cabinets: should be clean and neat. Cabinet surfaces and countertop should be free of grease and spilled food. Cabinets should not be overloaded. Storage under the sink should belimited to small or lightweight items to permit access for repairs. Heavy pots and pans should not be stored under the sink.
  4. Exhaust Fan: should be free of grease and dust.
  5. Sink: should be clean, free of grease and garbage. Dirty dishes should be washed and put away in a timely manner.
  6. Food storage areas: should be neat and clean without spilled food.
  7. Trash/garbage: should be stored in a covered container until removed to the disposal area.

Bathroom —

  1. Toilet and tank: should be clean and odor free.
  2. Tub and shower: should be clean and free of excessive mildew and mold. Where applicable, shower curtains should be in place, and of adequate length.
  3. Lavatory: should be clean
  4. Exhaust fans: should be free of dust.
  5. Floor should be clean and dry.

Storage Areas —

  1. Linen closet: should be neat and clean.
  2. Other closets: should be neat and clean. No highly volatile or flammable materials should be stored in the unit.
  3. Other storage areas: should be clean, neat and free of hazards.


The following standards apply to family and scattered site development only; some standards apply only when the areas noted is for the exclusive use of Tenant:

  1. Yards: should be free of debris, trash, and abandoned cars. Exterior walls should be free of graffiti.
  2. Porches (front and rear): should be clean and free of hazards. Any items stored on the porch shall not impede access to the unit.
  3. Steps (front and rear): should be clean, and free of hazards.
  4. Sidewalks: should be clean and free of hazards.
  5. Storm doors: should be clean, with glass or screens intact.
  6. Parking lot: should be free of abandoned cars. There should be no car repairs in the lots.
  7. Hallways: should be clean and free of hazards.
  8. Stairwells: should be clean and uncluttered.
  9. Laundry areas: should be clean and neat. Remove lint from dryers after each use.
  10. Utility room: should be free of debris, motor vehicle parts, and flammable materials.
  11. Lawns should be mowed, raked, and edged. Clippings, leaves and debris should be removed and deposited in the proper receptacle.
  12. Flower beds should be weeded.