REAC Provides Clarification on Non-Industry Standards Rules and Determinations

Enter your text here ...HUD REAC Released a PowerPoint document (Click here) in an email to REAC Inspectors. This presentation is intended to provide clarify to sometimes subjective interpretations of what is considered to be "Non-Industry Standard" repairs. This document includeds a series of photogaphs with "Final Decisions" about what is considered to be a deficiency and what is not; much of this is contrary to previous statements and perceptions of the Non-Industry Standard Requirement. 

The primary concept of the Non-Industry Standard rule is that "All Repairs must be done in a good and workmanlike manner with materials which are suitable for the purpose and free of defects," – good and workmanlike is then defined as "finished in a manner which is reasonably compatible with the design and quality of the original and adjoining decorative materials"

HUD REAC/NSPIRE Clarifications on Non-Industry Standards 

  1. Repairs to asphalt parking lots using concrete are now considered to be acceptable 
  2. Peeling paint on a porch which is suspected to be lead-based paint was stated to be not be a current deficiency but will be included in a future update (peeling paint on a porch is actually already a deficiency, it can be recorded as Patio/Porch/Balcony, Level 3, damaged railing
  3. Repair to any surface with tape of any kind is not an acceptable form of repair 
  4. Siding and roofing repairs should not be cited as a deficiency for the materials being different styles and colors, so long as "the color and style are as close as possible and it is consistent throughout
  5. Siding and roofing repairs should be cited as a deficiency for the materials being different styles and colors, so long as "the color and style are close as possible" and "it is consistent throughout"
  6. Wood, Metal, and plastic wall gaurds are not a deficiency if they are installed to prevent wall damage
  7. Incorrect usage of weather stripping should be recorded as a damaged door seal.

Many of the clarifications included in this document provide some useful clarifications for REAC inspectors to follow, but the repairs shown as being "industry standard" still appear to be less than optimal repairs that are not properly addressing the issues. Please review this document with an eye towards understanding the standards being applied by REAC but it is not advised to adopt many of these standards as acceptable.​

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