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 / September 15, 2019

NSPIRE (National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate)

In this September edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss HUD’s NSPIRE Model Demonstration. NSPIRE is expected to overhaul HUD’s 20-year-old inspection process! Will allegedly be a 2-year Demonstration (most likely longer) HUD will inspect approximately 4500 properties from a pool of nationwide volunteers who are willing to adopt the new physical inspection standards. The GOAL is to design a new simplified inspection system that more accurately reflects...

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By Kathi Markan / July 15, 2019

Breaker Panels

In this August edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss breaker panels! A breaker shuts off a component (like a kitchen stove or outlets) – whereas a disconnect will shut off an area or system (like a service disconnect at the meter that shuts off the entire unit or an HVAC disconnect). If the breaker panel is secured (locked, screwed shut) at the time of inspection – you...

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