...which will be effective as of May 23, 2016. This document addresses inquiries submitted by REAC Inspectors. The document, while helpful in some respects, contains a few changes that represent significant alterations to the UPCS Inspection Protocol, as well as clarifying questions about the process of performing REAC and UPCS Inspection to reiterate long-held practices.
The document did supply some points of clarification that had otherwise been loosely defined and more or less up to the interpretation of the inspector.
While there may be more than we point out, a couple of the basic questions submitted and ultimately published in this document are, 1) no, aluminum foil in an oven is not a deficiency – it never has been. 2) Yes, the resident or the owner/manager can open a window to show that it is operable. No one expects the inspector to crawl on top of someone’s unkempt bed to test a window – seeing that the window is operable and that the hardware functions as intended is sufficient.
We suspect that there will be more and more changes of this nature coming in the future, as with the advent of photos being included on REAC Inspections, HUD is able to perform better analytics to determine what is being done incorrectly on REAC Inspections and make adjustments to make the process better for everyone in the industry. But as these rules become more intricate and constantly changing, It is more important than ever to consult a professional and to base your preparations on the current rules and not common sense.