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Resident, Owner, and Agent’s Rights for REAC Inspections During the Pandemic

In response to inquiries, Multifamily Housing has received regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and REAC inspections, HUD created this flyer. The flyer outlines the rights and obligations of residents, owners, and agents when a REAC inspection is scheduled.

This includes:

  • Residents have the right to decline to have their unit inspected as part of a REAC inspection if they are not comfortable with the REAC inspector entering their home. In this case, an alternative unit will be selected for inspection.
  • Each inspection will have three “check-ins” for scheduling. The first at 28 days, then again at 14 days, and finally 2 days before the scheduled inspection date. These “check-ins” are to determine if there are any COVID-related concerns.
  • REAC outlines a process that emphasizes flexibility and balances the risks of COVID against the risk of not conducting inspections. When making these decisions, HUD factors in items such as available alternate units, local conditions, property elements, property designation status, etc.

In this flyer, HUD provides details in an additional updated Q&A document on how to request a deferral of a scheduled REAC Inspection, and what criteria HUD uses in determining whether to grant a deferral. If owners or management agents have concerns about proceeding with a REAC inspection due to COVID-19, please reach out to the REAC Technical Assistance Center (TAC) at 888-245-4860 or via email at [email protected] to report the conditions at your property.

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