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The Restoration of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

On June 10, 2021, HUD published an Interim File Rule to restore the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rule that the previous administration gutted in 2020. What is AFFH? While the Fair Housing Act (Title VII CRA 1968) applies to all multi-family housing regardless of funding, additional requirements apply to HUD, thereby, HUD’s grantees. These […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

Conflicts of Interest on REAC Inspections

REAC Inspectors and Conflicts of Interest What do you do if, during a REAC Inspection, the inspector says, “You know, I do consult on the side, and if you had hired me, things would be going much better right now?” Is this a conflict of interest? – Yes.  Is this allowed? – No. REAC Inspectors […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

Handbook of Rules Regarding REAC Inspections Updated (8/22/2014)

REAC Compilation Bulletin Updated (8/22/2014) On August 12, 2014, HUD REAC notified active REAC Inspectors of a change to the HUD REAC Compilation Bulletin, the document that outlines the rules and methods for conducting REAC inspections, such as when certain areas of the property are and are-not inspected and other details about the “nuts and […]

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Scott Precourt | Capital Needs Assessments

HUD and ADA Design Standards

Changes to the Section 504 Design Requirements Late last month, HUD announced changes to the accessibility design standards. This notice states that owners of multifamily properties under HUD Assistance (Section 8, HOME, etc) can now meet their accessible design obligations under Section 504 by complying with the Justice Department’s 2010 ADA Design Standards. For quite […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

REAC Appeals and Health & Safety

How To Repair Issues When You Plan to Appeal One of the most common questions that we receive about REAC appeals is “My Inspection just finished and I want to appeal something, but I have to fill out the 24-hour form for Contract Administrator saying it’s “fixed” – what do I do?” Essentially the form […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

Why REAC Scores Change Dramatically

Why Did My REAC Score Go Down So Much? Many property owners ask us a similar question – why did my REAC score go down so much? They say, “I did everything the same as last time, but this time, the score was awful.” Some start by blaming (a) the process, (b) the inspector, and […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

REAC Rules: Damage Caused by Wheelchairs

Rules Regarding Damage Caused by Wheelchairs There are a number of rules that are part of the UPCS Inspection protocol that has been in effect for so long that people sometimes forget they exist. This appears to be true with the rule that relates to damage caused by wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters on during REAC and UPCS […]

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