Agency set to test overhaul of 20-year old inspection protocols
Through the release of the NSPIRE Demonstration Notice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced another step to overhaul the Department’s 20-year-old inspection process to ensure taxpayer-supported housing is healthy and safe. 

As part of a wholesale reexamination of the inspection process used by the Department’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC), HUD is launching a new demonstration to test innovative new approaches for making certain thousands of public housing agencies (PHAs) and private owners provide housing that is ‘decent, safe and sanitary.’

Under the NSPIRE Model Demonstration, HUD will inspect approximately 4,500 properties from a pool of nationwide volunteers who are willing to adopt the new physical inspection standards. Actual NSPIRE Model Demonstration inspections will start after the 60-day public comment period associated with the notice is completed.  

The NSPIRE Model Demonstration will assess all aspects of REAC’s physical inspection process, including the evaluation of physical inspection data and a new scoring model. The goal is to design a new simplified inspection system that more accurately reflects the physical conditions within housing units and to place a greater emphasis on lead-based paint hazards and mold.

Read HUD’s Notice of Demonstration to Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) and Associated Protocols at: