Last week HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)–Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) issued a notice for all certified inspectors who conduct physical inspections of HUD assisted and insured properties in accordance with the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS).
Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest version of the NMA Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) on CD this week or next. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Meg Kennedy in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.
Until last week, when HUD published the implementation notice for the changes mandated by the 2014 appropriations act, housing authorities were required to inspect units at the time of initial lease-up and thereafter at least once every twelve months. The new notice relaxes that requirement, specifying that an HQS inspection must occur at least once every two years.
Tip #4: Train the VA caseworkers to conduct initial inspections.
Many PHAs contract out certain functions of their program for greater efficiency and cost savings. Why not train your VA case managers on housing quality standards (HQS) and allow them to conduct an initial inspection of the unit?
You may have already heard about NMA's newest division of services — Nan McKay and Associates Inspections. This project was a long time in the making. Over the past years, we've seen an increasing demand for high-quality HQS outsourcing in the affordable housing industry. It was a service that NMA was eager to provide for our clients, but we wanted to first ensure that we could offer a variety of inspection models at a price that budget-conscious housing authorities could afford.