With the release of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Demonstration Notice, HUD announced another step to overhaul the Department’s 20-year-old inspection process to ensure taxpayer-supported housing is safe and habitable for residentsNSPIRE Priorities include three types of inspections, three categories of deficiencies, and three inspectable areas. The three types of inspection are: property owner/agent (POA) self-inspections, REAC-contracted inspections, and HUD quality insurance inspections. The three categories of deficiencies are: (1) safety and health, considered urgent and for which an emergency work order is issued; (2) function and operability, handled through planning and for which a routine work order is issued; and (3) condition and appearance, which is considered part of and handled through regular maintenance..

As part of a reexamination of the inspection protocol used by REAC, HUD has launched a new demonstration to test new approaches for making certain thousands of public housing authorities (PHAs) and private owners provide housing that is safe and livable.

During the NSPIRE Demonstration, HUD will inspect approximately 4,500 properties from a pool of nationwide volunteers who are willing to adopt the new physical inspection standards at their properties. NSPIRE demonstration inspections began after the 60-day public comment period that concluded October 21, 2019.

The NSPIRE Demonstration assesses 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 issues like lead-based paint hazards and mold.

The 60-day public comment period has ended; however, HUD welcomes additional feedback. Please see the Connect with Us links and sign up for the spam-fee mailing list to keep up to date of the latest NSIPRE developments. You can also email HUD your feedback at

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