How you can create a Database Adjustment to handle Local Code Issues

 Don't Violate Local Code to Pass Your REAC Inspection How you can create a Database Adjustment to handle Local Code Issues

Understanding how to utilize the REAC inspection appeal process is the only way to ensure that you are getting the full benefits of the protocol applied to your property. An appeal can be viewed as the final step of the inspection process and is the only way that certain conditions can be considered or applied. Just like filing your taxes where you can easily overlook certain deductions that may be applicable without the help of an expert, you can also find many instances where exceptions may apply to your REAC inspection. There may be various points that can be returned for issues resulting from inspector error, conditions beyond your control, or a local area code variance.

For example, did you know that the local area code requirements supersede the Federal code? You may be in compliance with the local area, but not conforming to the Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS) protocol used by REAC. The best way to appropriately deal with that scenario is to consult a licensed trade professional for advice; if they determine you are in compliance with local area code requirements, then filing a Database Adjustment appeal of the REAC inspection, either before or following the REAC inspection, is the best approach to take.

In some cases, properties have violated the local area code requirements to conform to the UPCS/REAC inspection protocol. The desire to meet REAC's standards without any rebuttal or appeal can result in conditions that are substandard or in violation of local code. The most common occurrence of this is electrical panels that were modified to meet the UPCS/REAC inspection protocol. These panels may have been modified by property staff at the direct advice of REAC inspectors (advice or guidance that should not be offered, but often is), when it is then discovered that the panels were never in violation of the local area electrical code to begin with.

Here is the best approach: Rather than attempting to make the electrical panels conform to the UPCS/REAC inspection protocol, get a recommendation from a licensed electrician. If they confirm that the panels are not creating a hazard and were installed by the local area requirements, then an appeal would be possible no matter what. If a REAC inspector still deems the electrical panel to be deficient after following the advice of your electrician, you could always appeal using a statement from the electrician confirming that the panels meet the local area code requirements.

Making any modifications on your own has become riskier than ever. REAC inspectors will be looking for any modifications made to the panel and will assume an exposed wires hazard if they see any significant DIY modifications made to the panel, such as caulking applied between breakers or around a panel to fill gaps, or sheet metal pieces attached to the panel cover to cover holes or gaps.

In short, a bad repair may result in a bigger or an automatic deduction. Make sure to take any advice regarding repairs provided by REAC inspectors with a grain of salt; instead follow the advice of licensed trade professionals who can ensure you stay in compliance with your local area code requirements. Remember that you can always file an appeal if necessary, and of course, U.S. Housing Consultants can assist with simplifying the appeal process and ensure the best possible outcome - never hesitate to call us.

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