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USDA Updates Standards for Accessibility Transition Plans

On January 4, 2022, USDA Rural Development published an updated Unnumbered Letter (UL) 1-4-22 regarding the completion of Self Evaluations (SE) and Transition Plans (TP). First, and possibly most significantly, new accessibility transition plans are no longer required to be completed every three years. RD will accept a revised transition plan that has no changes other […]

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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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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

REAC Inspections and Hoarders

Is there a specific REAC deficiency for hoarding and other housekeeping issues? One of the most regular questions we receive has to do with hoarders. More specifically, is there a REAC deficiency which addresses tenants who are collectors of large volumes of belongings, commonly known as “Hoarding”? The answer is: No. There is no specific deficiency for […]

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Scott Precourt | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

New Category Added to SAVE Verification

New Category Added to SAVE Verification for DACA  The Department of Homeland Security’s SAVE system stands for Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements. All Multifamily property managers use this system to check the legal background of individuals applying for housing assistance. HUD has just been advised that in June 2012, DHS, through the United States Congress, […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

REAC & Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodations – Missing/Disabled Appliances on REAC Inspections Over the last few months, we have received a number of questions from clients and from attendees at our conferences and speaking engagements about “reasonable accommodations during UPCS Inspections”. Most commonly the question has been related to stoves that have been removed or disabled due to a […]

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Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

HOME Program Switches to UPCS Inspection Protocol

HOME Program Adopts UPCS Inspection Standard The 2013 Rule confirms the adoption of Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS), a uniform national inspection standard established by HUD. This protocol determines whether housing is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair or not. The rule adopting UPCS for the HOME program will impact both existing HOME-assisted housing, […]

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