By Kathi Markan / July 15, 2020

HUD-REAC’s Return To Operations (RTO) Plan

In this July edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I will be focusing on what we know thus far regarding HUD-REAC inspections recommencing this year.  Thanks to a call hosted by NAHMA on July 17, 2020 a lot more concrete information was provided! A link to HUD’s PowerPoint presentation is included at the bottom of this newsletter. HIGHLIGHTS Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, HUD has not released a...

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By Kathi Markan / June 15, 2020

Domestic Water (System) and Hot Water Heater (Unit) Deficiencies Part 2

As of 5/12/20, HUD-REAC has assured inspectors that REAC inspections will resume at some point this year. In this June edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I will be discussing the rest of the deficiencies associated with water heaters and domestic water systems.  Domestic Water deficiencies are recorded under the Inspectable Area: Systems, and includes:Water conditioners, water heaters, transfer and circulating pumps, strainers, boilers, connecting piping, fittings, valves and supports.Hose bibs...

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By Kathi Markan / May 15, 2020

Domestic Water (System) and Hot Water Heater (Unit) Deficiencies Part 1

Part 1 In this May edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I will be discussing the deficiencies associated with water heaters and domestic water systems. As there are so many deficiencies associated with these inspectable items, I am dividing this into a 2-part series. Domestic Water deficiencies are recorded under the Inspectable Area: Systems, and includes:  Water conditioners, water heaters, transfer and circulating pumps, strainers, boilers, connecting piping, fittings, valves and...

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By Kathi Markan / April 15, 2020

Fire Extinguisher & Fire Hose Deficiencies

AS OF 3/13/20, HUD-REAC HAS CANCELLED ALL REAC INSPECTIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE In this April edition of our HUD-REAC Blog, I will be discussing the defects associated with your Fire Extinguishers and Fire Hoses. Most Important Takeaways:  For a single building property, a Level 3 defect is a ten-point deduction! Fire extinguisher deficiencies are cumulative (explained below) Fire extinguishers supplied by the property that are missing, expired, discharged, or otherwise damaged...

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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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