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Breaker Panels
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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By Kathi Markan / June 15, 2019

NIS Defects

In this June edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss NIS (Not Industry Standard) defects. In 2016, HUD enacted the NIS rule: “All repairs made to address UPCS deficiencies in preparation for a REAC inspection shall be made in a good and workmanlike manner with materials that are suitable for the purpose and free from defects.” “Good and workmanlike manner” is defined by HUD as: Ensuring that the...

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What You Need to Know About Garbage Disposals During a HUD REAC Inspection
By Kathi Markan / May 15, 2019

What You Need to Know About Garbage Disposals During a HUD REAC Inspection

In this May edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss HUD-REAC facts that you may be unaware of regarding garbage disposals. The inspector must allow your personnel to press the reset button If the garbage disposal is tripped. If the property personnel use any tools to make repairs on the disposal, the Level 2 defect will be recorded. An Exigent Health & Safety Electrical Hazard will be recorded...

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By Kathi Markan / April 15, 2019

14 Day and Carbon Monoxide Notices

HUD has been under increasing pressure from negative news publications, OIG (Office of Inspector General), and Congress to make serious changes to their protocol. Although there appears to be much more to come, here are their most recent published changes: 14-Day Notification of the REAC Inspection – Applicable to ALL properties that are NOT a HUD loan (so far) Officially went into effect Monday, March 25, 2019 and will be...

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