By Kathi Markan / March 15, 2020

Fire Sprinkler Deficiencies

In this March edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I will be discussing the deficiencies associated with your Fire Sprinkler System. For a single building property, this deficiency is a TEN POINT DEDUCTION Although HUD’s deficiency for Fire Sprinklers is “Missing Sprinkler Head,” the word ‘missing’ is equivalent to ‘damaged’ in the REAC Protocol. “Painted over” (also known as Loaded) means anything on the sprinkler head assembly that should not be...

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By Kathi Markan / February 15, 2020

HUD-REAC QA (Quality Assurance) Visits and Avoiding Rejected Inspections

In this February edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I am discussing the new QAI (Quality Assurance Inspections) protocol and how to avoid getting an inspection rejected. Notice from HUD - Effective February 3, 2020: Effective Feb. 3, 2020, REAC will be conducting Quality Assurance Inspections (QAI). A QAI is a re-inspection of a property by a federal inspector (HUD employee) that has recently been inspected by a contractor (certified HUD-REAC...

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By Kathi Markan / January 15, 2020

Trip Hazards

I hope your holidays were fantastic!  In this January edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I am discussing Trip Hazards – what it is, where it can be recorded, and the scoring impact!   HUD’s Definition of Trip Hazards Tripping (Health & Safety – Hazards) You see any physical defect that poses a tripping risk, generally in walkways or other traveled areas. Typically, the defect must present at least a three-quarter...

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By Kathi Markan / December 15, 2019

Erosion/Rutting

In this December edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, and especially during the rainy season, I’d like to discuss HUD’s protocol on Erosion and Rutting and how you can comply!   HUD’s Definition of Erosion and Rutting Erosion and Rutting Natural processes, weathering, erosion, gravity, or man-made processes have caused either of these conditions: Collection or removal of surface material Sunken tracks, ruts, grooves, or depressions *This does not include erosion/rutting...

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By Kathi Markan / November 21, 2019

Blocked Egress

In this November edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss HUD’s protocol on Blocked Egresses and how you can comply!   General Rules Doors and doorways are ALWAYS considered primary egress If a room has 2 doors and a window – the window can be blocked as long as both doors are accessible/egressable All rooms up to the 3rd floor – if the room is designed with 2...

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By Kathi Markan / October 15, 2019

Call-For-Aids

(Also known as Emergency Calls, Pull Cords, etc.)   In this October edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss HUD’s protocol on Call-For Aids and how you can comply!   General Rules If you have off-site monitoring, you can supply the inspector with a certification (within 1 year of the REAC inspection) from a local authority having jurisdiction or licensed third party that ALL of the units tested...

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