REAC Inspection Bed Bug Update

Important REAC Update

Effective February 1, 2016, properties undergoing a UPCS/REAC Inspection will no longer be allowed to omit units reported to have bed bugs from their sample unit list.

Inspector Notice No. 2016-01 states, "Researchers through HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes have concluded after conducting thousands of inspections that the likelihood of bed bug transfer to an inspector from an infested unit is remote." The notice goes on to report that "REAC is issuing this notice amending the inspection protocol to require the inspection of all units in the sample, including those reported to have bed bugs."

What this means for property representatives

You are still required to report the known presence of bed bugs to the REAC Inspector when you meet before the inspection. If you indicate that there are units included within the sample that are known to have bed bugs the Inspector will call and report the information to the REAC Technical Assistance Center and proceed with normal inspection protocol, including those units.

Unlike other infestations, the presence of bed bugs will not be scored as a deficiency on your REAC Inspection report.

Our recommendation

Do not refuse entry into units known to have a bed bug infestation. If you refuse entry to a unit based on the presence of bed bugs your inspection will be marked as unsuccessful and the inspection will be canceled: this could result in enforcement actions or a Quality Assurance review of the inspection.

Contact us today if you have additional questions about how this will affect your upcoming inspection or to schedule a Pre-REAC Inspection or Preparation and Shadow services today. 

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