On May 4, 2016, in Federal Register Notices 81 FR 26759, HUD announced a new inspection and oversight approach called UPCS-V.
UPSC-V is the new updated inspection standard for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. UPCS stands for Uniform Physical Condition Standard. UPCS-V combines the consistency and objectivity of UPCS inspections, with the focus on the condition of individual housing units of HQS inspections. UPCS-V is based on UPCS protocol and definitions (with the "V" signifying "Voucher") with additions of unique items from the HQS inspection.
The primary goals of UPCS-V are to:
Comparison between HQS, UPCS, & UPCS-V
|High-Level Similarities And Differences Between UPCS–V And HQS||HQS||UPCS-V|
|Provides standardized list of deficiencies and measurable criteria||X|
|Defined standardized list of Life Threatening and Emergency items||X|
|Up-to-date health and safety standards||X|
|Designed as a unit-based inspection standard for federally assisted units||X||X|
|Inspection standard aligned with other federally assisted programs||X|
|Pass/Fail results for all deficiencies||X||X|
|PHA ability to adopt HUD-approved variances||X||X|
|Uniform inspector training and registration||X|
|Includes guidance through the use of decision trees that lead to more consistent observations||X|
|Unit and room acceptability criteria||X||X|
|Standardized criteria for PHA submission of electronic inspection data to HUD||X|
|Photo requirements for fail deficiencies||X|
|Allow PHAs the use photo and document evidence to ensure all fail deficiencies have been mitigated||X|
Like UPCS, UPSC-V provides an objectively measured condition of the housing unit on standardized criteria, by looking at the Site, Building Exterior, Building System, Common Area, and Unit inspectable areas. Like HQS, UPSC-V results in a pass/fail decision.
Some additions focus on current advances in home inspections and changes to standards of health and safety threats in homes today. For example:
Some changes focus on the conditions and deficiencies that directly affect the tenant and the habitability of the unit. For example:
UPCS-V will use a deficiency driven protocol, rather than going through a static checklist. Deficiencies will be classified as pass/fail.
What can you do to prepare for UPCS-V?