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Category : REAC Inspections

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 […]

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 […]

02 Mar 2015

Floor Drain Deficiencies are High Scoring

During our Pre-REAC inspections, we remind you that each selected Unit has a limited amount of “Possible Points.” Every property is different of course, but usually Units have a “Possible Points” value of approximately 2 points. The REAC software is set up so that no single Unit will be allowed to affect your score by more than the amount of the “Possible Points.”Except. There are some deficiencies in Units that will be recorded not in the “Units” section of the […]