Some form of ventilation is required in all restrooms and bathrooms. Ventilation can consist of a window, a passive vent, or a motorized exhaust fan. To test the ventilation in the bathroom, the following steps should be followed:

  • Open the restroom/bathroom window if one exists, and ensure that the window will remain open.
  • For ceiling or wall ventilation, turn the fan on, unless it is a passive system or sensor-controlled, and apply a single piece of toilet paper to the vent grill and ensure that the tissue paper adheres to the grill from the suction.
  • The owner/agent is allowed to plug in an exhaust fan if it is present and unplugged
  • The bathroom vent should not be cited as malfunctioning or inoperable if the owner/agent indicates that the component is connected to a timer or is sensor controlled.
Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Exhaust system does not respond to the control switch. Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 Exhaust system has restricted airflow Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 Exhaust system component is damaged or missing Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 Bathroom missing an installed exhaust system or ventilation window Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 Bathroom ventilation system is inoperable Moderate 30 Days Fail

Ventilation Standard V3.0, Updated 6/16/23
Ventilation Standard V3.0, Updated 8/11/23

Revision: 13
Last modified: 27 November 2023


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