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RD Issues Updated Guidance on Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policies

On October 13, 2021, Rural published an Unnumbered Letter (UL)  titled “Multifamily Housing – Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policy”. This UL was issued to provide continued guidance on implementing an optional smoke-free policy at Multi-Family RD Housing.  This unnumbered letter replaces UL issued 11/21/2012 on Smoke-Free housing (which replaced the Smoke-Free UL from 12/29/10). Changes from USDA/RD’s Last […]

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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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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

Skilled Nursing Facilities and REAC

Skilled Nursing REAC Rules Change Below is the official HUD email regarding this announcement: “This email pertains to REAC Physical Inspections and the Final Rule that was published recently. Please pass this email to anybody within your organization that deals with REAC inspections.” This provision (24 CFR 200.855) is already applicable, and it limits the […]

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Scott Precourt | Capital Needs Assessments

UFAS/ADA Issues Caused by Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodations That Create ADA/UFAS Issues (Additional Parking Spaces) This summer we have noticed a trend while on-site doing either Capital Needs Assessments or UPCS (Pre-REAC) Inspections. Some well-intentioned managers and property administrators are adding “accessible design” features because a tenant requests a reserved parking space or a space that is closer to their unit […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

HOME Program Tenant Compliance Rule Updates

HOME Adds New Requirements on Tenant Compliance The 2013 Final Rule for HUD’s HOME program was released on July 24, 2013. Though many of the changes are applicable to the underwriting and development phases of a project, there are several changes outlined in the Final Rule that will have an impact on compliance for projects awarded […]

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