You can request a Housing Quality Standards inspection from the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) if you are a participant in the HPD Section 8 program. This inspection is required to confirm that a HPD Section 8 subsidized apartment is decent, safe, and sanitary, and meets minimum physical standards set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HPD conducts inspections before a tenant enters into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the owner and at least once a year after admission into the Section 8 Program. Landlords and tenants are allowed to self-certify the completion of housing inspections using the Certification of Corrected Repairs (CCR) form.
If the unit is subsidized by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), you must make an inspection request directly to NYCHA.