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THE BUILDING OF A NEW INSPECTION MODEL – National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE)

Through its Physical Inspections Line of Business, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) improves housing quality by performing accurate, credible, and reliable assessments of HUD’s real estate portfolio; helps ensure safe, healthy, decent affordable housing; and promotes sound property management practices.

Starting in 2017, HUD launched a “wholesale reexamination” of REAC’s inspection process and is now in the process of modernizing its physical housing inspection model.

  • Supports HUD’s strategic goals:
    • “Rethink American Communities: …Protect the health of residents by addressing lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards in housing.”
    • “Reimagine the Way HUD Works:….Rethink how we deliver services directly to our customers to increase consistency and accountability.”
  • Prioritizes health, safety, and functional defects over those about appearance.
  • NSPIRE’s focus is on the areas that impact residents.  This model includes more objective standards, value-added inspection protocols, and scoring elements that are more defensible and less complex. Inspectors will spend more time in units and the overall results will better identify substandard properties.

For the purpose of identifying potential adjustments to standards, protocols, and processes prior to nationwide implementation, REAC is planning a two-year, voluntary Demonstration to begin in 4th Quarter Fiscal Year 2019.  The Demonstration will involve a diverse, representative group of stakeholders, including REAC, other HUD offices, Public Housing Authorities, and Property Owners and Agents.