A Major Change to the REAC Inspection is COMING - ARE YOU REAC READY? HUD plans to implement the following changes in 2019:
15 Day Notice
Our first client has contacted APC saying they were just given a 15 day notice. This is the element of the reform plan which has the greatest likelihood of being fully enacted this year. This would mean that the property could be notified at any time of an inspection and seeking a different date would not be considered, other than a few days. Also, this will change the way that inspections are assigned to the contract REAC Inspectors. The logistics are likely to take some time to work out as it is mainly a contracting issue. The current practice is via the Reverse Auction which is likely to go away for some or all segments of the REAC inspections. The plan is for HUD to issue limited delivery contracts to a few larger nationwide inspection companies which will then employ the contract inspectors. This is similar to what APC started with in 1998. And, just to note in the REAC pilot program in 1998 we were only required to give the property a 10 days' notice.
APC has learned from REAC, there is a plan to change the Unit scoring value to 50% - 65% of the property score. The Unit scoring is currently only 35%. The plan is that the other four inspectable areas would be combined into two areas to "simplify" the scoring: Outside and Inside. Site, Building Exterior, outdoor Common Areas and outdoor Building Systems would be combined to "Outside." Interior Building Systems and interior Common Areas would be combined to "Inside." Thus, there would be only 3 inspectable areas left for the scoring: Unit, Outside, and Inside. This will take a congressional action to change since the current scoring system is mandated by federal law.
Currently, the UPCS-V pilot (conversion from HQS inspection) has developed a successful handheld/software solution that inspectors use to report annual/biannual inspection results directly to HUD. In fact, during the recent government shutdown, UPCS-V pilot program inspections continued and over 3,500 inspections were completed during the shutdown. A similar initiative is being considered to develop software for the properties to do their annual UPCS inspections and upload the data to HUD for "analysis of the data." This information may then feed into the periodicity of the REAC inspection. Since 2019 is also a pivotal year for the conversion of HQS to UPCS-V, the expectation is that this UPCS self-Inspection initiative is further down the road. Although, a parallel effort would align the inspection protocols between UPCS and UPCS-V, which has been a REAC strategic goal for a long time.
These changes will ensure that properties are in a continuous state of full readiness and compliance. APC is the leader when it comes to these NEW CHANGES. We have been tracking them since they were first proposed.
APC expanded its UPCS knowledge beyond the basic inspection and is versed in all aspects of the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Physical Inspection Subsystem (PASS). We have incorporated our knowledge and inspection experience into a comprehensive UPCS training program which focuses on improving your physical score.
|Area||Max Point Loss|
|Building Exterior||10 points|
|Building Systems||10 points|
|Common Areas||10 points|
|Dwelling Units||5 points|
Two-Day Seminar Agenda (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)