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04 Oct 2017

REAC Compilation Bulletin 4.0

Documentation of REAC inspection policy clarifications and changes has slowly broken down over the last several years to the point that it was housed in several different documents that had differing authors and formats.  These also contained statements that could be read as contradicting each other in some cases.  The primary clarification document was Compilation Bulletin 4.0 version 2, but there were several other supporting documents published at random intervals. The two most distressing problems in this were that: 1) […]

26 Apr 2017

PHADA Seeks Feedback from Members on UPCS REAC Inspections

Over the last few months, a number of questions and concerns related to the Real Estate Assessment Center’s (REAC) administration of Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) in public housing have come to the attention of the Association. The following information lists and describes these concerns; we would like to encourage members to contact us if your housing authority (HA) has additional information related to these specific examples, or additional concerns that may not be listed. In your opinion, has the […]

22 Dec 2016

Introducing Detroit Inspection Group

For Rental Property Owners to Meet the Requirements of the City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environment Department (BSEED) The Inspection Group, Inc. (TIG), has been selected by the City of Detroit Department of Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environment (BSEED) to serve as an Authorized Third Party Rental Property Inspections Service organization serving the needs of owners of residential rental property in the City of Detroit to have their property inspected annually and obtain a certificate of registration.   TIG […]

20 Oct 2016

4 Components of REAC Consulting

What sets apart Expert REAC Consulting from the competition? We suggest that the following 4 components be included in any expert REAC consultation! We are proud to provide all of these services for our clients. UPCS/REAC Inspection Protocol Training: “…Success, starts with a proper education” Every Pre-REAC inspection should also be considered a training exercise, for the property’s manager, maintenance personnel, and even the regional or portfolio level management.  We encourage our clients to ask questions throughout the pre-inspection, and […]

01 Sep 2016

Who Benefits from Housing Subsidies?

We all hear politicians talk about housing subsidies fairly frequently. Some have very negative things to say about residents of various programs that receive housing subsidies. Others advocate for more subsidies to help low-income Americans. But at the end of the day, who really benefits most from housing subsidies? “It’s almost the first of the month, and that means rent’s due. That rent or mortgage check is the single biggest expense in most Americans’ budgets, so it’s no wonder that […]

01 Sep 2016

Streamline Housing Policy

How best to streamline housing policy reform in 2017? David Stevens, writing for The Hill, published an article this week calling for the creation of a housing policy director for the President after the 2016 election season. Stevens essentially argues that there are too many agencies involved with housing for the President to easily make necessary changes in policy. The creation of a “housing policy director” would allow the White House to concentrate necessary power in the hands of one […]

01 Sep 2016

UPCS-V Update

As of August 26, there are 195 Housing Authorities currently signed up for the UPCS-V Demonstration. There is room for only 55 more Housing Authorities to volunteer. Lessons learned from the demonstration will be used to modify training, software and decision trees based on the real world experience gained. HUD also intends to experiment with a scoring system that with help quantify housing quality. This is not intended to relate to REAC scoring in any way. The Demonstration is expected […]

20 May 2016

New REAC Clarifications for 2016

REAC has issued a new document titled UPCS Guidance & Protocol Clarifications which is effective as of May 23, 2016. This document provides answers to a few frequently asked questions that have come to REAC from property reps, REAC consultants and even from REAC inspectors. We find that this document contains more good news than bad although it contains a few strange statements that will come as a surprise to most readers as they did to us. The very worst […]

08 Apr 2015

Worth Appealing

One of the “sneaky” REAC defects we often see in larger buildings is the trash chute door defect, properly known as Trash Collection Areas; Chutes Damaged/Missing Components (Common Areas.) During the REAC inspection, it is the proper procedure for the inspector to inspect each chute door for proper operation, which includes closing and latching on its own. While a few older chutes from the 60s may use a “hopper” type door and may not have a latch, most modern chute […]

02 Mar 2015

Arlene’s Attic: Will the REAC Inspector Go On the Roof?

REAC inspectors have unambiguous instructions from HUD to inspect “All flat roofs that have a permanent means of access. . .” These instructions are on page 22 of the 5/25/2011 Compilation Bulletin, goes on to say, “A stairway leading to a roof, a ladder permanently affixed to a wall, or any other apparatus that does not require the use of a portable ladder is considered a permanent means of access.” And then finishes with, “An inspector is not required to […]