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REAC Industry Standard Repairs Clarifications

HUD REAC Provides Clarification on Industry Standards Repair Requirements

HUD REAC provided clarifications on August 9, 2016, with HUD Notice 2016-03. In this notice, HUD clarifies requirements for industry-standard repairs. As part of the notice, HUD provided a copy of a PowerPoint presentation used to train active REAC Inspectors on the new requirements.

Industry standards inspection guidance and application

The highlights of this presentation include clarifications on industry-standard repair requirements. For instance,

  • ASTM approved caulking can be used to repair brickwork.
  • Refrigerator gasket repairs can include tape or glue (up to one inch)
  • Gutters can have properly installed and painted PVC repairs
  • Walls can include properly installed and designed plywood access panels
  • HUD provided new details for water-heater or boiler flue repairs.

A General Requirement on Workmanlike Repairs

It is essential to remember that this new requirement is not merely “new deficiencies.” This document provides clarification for a new interpretation of existing rules. Most importantly, the industry-standard repairs requirement sets a standard for quality. Because everything on a REAC or UPCS inspection must answer the following questions:

  • (a) Are there any deficiencies under the UPCS Inspection Code?
  • (b) Are there repairs not completed per industry standards?

In short, all repairs must be thorough and professional at all times. So an improper repair is the same as no repair at all.

There are a few lessons to take from these new requirements. First, it is vital to train all staff to get repairs right the first time. Next, your whole team needs to understand what is right and wrong. Understanding right and wrong sounds easy. However, in practice, the distinctions can be subtle and subjective. In conclusion, new rules will require new procedures and a better focus on details.

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