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HUD’s New National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate

In 2018, HUD indicated that the HUD REAC Inspection system would undertake a wholesale re-examination. As a result, HUD developed a new concept that would change the inspection process to be more about health and safety and quality of life for residents.  This concept has resulted in the development of NSPIRE – the National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate. As of 2020, NSPIRE is part of a demonstration (pilot) program, which is being used on several thousand properties to determine its effectiveness.

When is NSPIRE Going Into Effect?

HUD has announced that as of October 1, 2023, NSPIRE will officially replace UPCS as the inspection protocol used by REAC Inspectors and will update 24 CFR 902.20 to reference NSPIRE as the inspection protocol used by Multifamily HUD and Public and Indian Housing.  Once the change has officially been adopted, owners and management agents will have a new standard of “Decent, Safe, and Sanitary” and new guidelines to meet physical standards.

What Are HUD NSPIRE Inspections?

NSPIRE moves REAC inspections from the current protocol, Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS,) to a more streamlined system focused on health and safety items. However, it is also a change to an overall process that focuses on good routine maintenance practices and away from a process that focuses on periodic reviews of outdated risk factors. This includes:

  • Changing the Inspection Process to focus on health and safety and less on capital repair issues
  • Change report scoring to be more focused on units
  • Institute requirements for most issues to be repaired within either 24 hours or 30 days
  • Establish new self-inspection and reporting requirements that require active ongoing maintenance
  • New Inspection Procurement and Quality Assurance process will replace the current Reverse Auction Program model.

New Requirements for REAC NSPIRE

While NPSIRE will include several new requirements for properties, such as Carbon Monoxide detectors. It also includes a reduction of certain inspection requirements, such as the removal of some issues like:

  • Overgrown vegetation (unless it affects handicapped accessibility)
  • Window thermopane seals
  • Requirements for guardrails and handrails.
  • Requirements for specific hardware for fire-rated doors
  • Door seals
  • Other capital replacement items

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NSPIRE’s New Scoring and Standards Webinar - 1/10/23

Implementing HUD REAC’s NSPIRE updates includes a new set of inspection standards and rules. On this webinar, we review the NSPIRE deficiency changes, the scoring updates, and the new design requirements.

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NSPIRE/REAC Update - Panel Discussion NLHA Winter Meeting 1/26/23

As REAC moves closer to implementing NSPIRE for owners and PHAs, learn the lay of the land and how to get ready with Ashley Sherriff (REAC DAS), Scott Precourt of US Housing, and Lisa Tunick

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Administrative Impact of REAC NSPIRE Updates - Webinar 3/21/23

Implementing HUD REAC’s NSPIRE updates includes a new set of inspection standards and rules. In this short session, we review the NSPIRE deficiency changes, the scoring updates, and the new design requirements. – This webinar is sponsored and hosted by SAHMA
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The New NSPIRE Scoring and Standards - Webinar 4/4/23

Implementing HUD REAC’s NSPIRE updates includes a new set of inspection standards and rules. In this short session, we review the NSPIRE deficiency changes, the scoring updates, and the new design requirements. This webinar is sponsored and hosted by SAHMA
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