APC started performing UPCS inspections under the initial HUD REAC pilot program in July 1998. In 1999, we continued with the main contract under the full implementation advisory program. APC realized that housing agencies and multifamily were in need of technical support for implementation of this new inspection protocol and decided to support them full time in 2000. Our principals' were twice certified as HUD REAC inspectors: Once under the pilot program and again under the full implementation. APC has extensive relevant UPCS inspection and training experience.
A Major Change to the REAC Inspection is HERE - APC is ready!
HUD released a major update to the UPCS inspection that was effective September 10, 2012. This dramatically alters the UPCS inspection protocol, inspection definitions and scoring. APC is the leader when it comes to these NEW CHANGES. We have been tracking them since they were first proposed in 2004 and reissued for comment in 2011. Before the final rule in 2012, APC's was already tracking and studying the updates with our inspectors who are fluent and knowledgeable on all of the definition changes and updates.
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Some of the changes include a change to PHAS scoring providing a point loss cap, which limits the amount by which a single deficiency in an inspectable area could reduce the overall property score. The maximum point loss deduction for a single item is now:
The HUD REAC inspectors also began using a new inspection software called RAPID 4.0 as of 1/1/2013. This software will account for each and every defect noted versus the worst case scenario of a defect as it has done in the past. The new decision analysis software also allows for specific location identification of every defect including associated details.
New Changes Coming to UPCS: Compilation Bulletin RAPID 4.0 Version 3
HUD has released version 3 of the compilation bulletin which will apply to the UPCS Protocol, beginning October 2, 2017. It incorporates all previous guidance that HUD has given on several matters pertaining to physical inspections. It provides answers to some of the most common questions received from inspectors in the field and clarifies certain areas of the inspection protocol to further ensure that physical inspections are objective and conducted in accordance with the protocol. This will affect your UPCS inspections, be sure to attend one of our UPCS Trainings or get a quote for a Pre-REAC inspection for your property, so you will be ready for this change.
Click Here to download HUD's Compilation Bulletin RAPID 4.0 Version 3
On July 11, 2016, HUD released its Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) Deficiencies and Industry Standard Repairs.
In January 2015, REAC will begin using RAPID Photo.
APC can assist in the appeal process by writing a HUD REAC appeal for your property. APC will either conduct a site visit or ask that photos and documentation are provided to us to draft a written appeal. APC will also review the REAC report, score, and findings from the HUD inspection for discrepancies or concerns. In the appeal pictures will be incorporated where applicable, scoring, and various other aspects to support the appeal.