NSPIRE Inspection Types

There are three types of NSPIRE inspections.
Applicable NSPIRE inspection types may vary by program or property type.

Self-Inspections — Who: Property Owners / Management; What: All deficiencies reported to HUD; When: Once a year; Where: All units; Why: To gain reasonable level of confidence in results & to ensure work orders are being generated. Provides reasonable assurance into property’s condition.
 NSPIRE Inspections — Who: Contract Inspectors and PHAs; What: NSPIRE; When: Periodic inspections (1-3 years); Where: High sample rate; Why: To gain a high level of confidence in results. Provides reasonable assurance into property’s condition.

NSPIRE Plus Inspections — Who: HUD Federal Inspectors; What: NSPIRE Plus; When: Requested, or triggered by poor conditions; Where: Highest sample rate; Why: To gain highest level of confidence in results.	Provides evidentiary support to enforcement and/or sanctions.

Under NSPIRE, inspectors will inspect all units and submit their inspection results electronically to HUD on an annual basis. While not scored, self-inspections provide additional data to REAC between inspections to ensure that inspectors are visiting every unit at least once a year, identifying maintenance and modernization needs, and generating work orders on a regular basis.

By making regular, comprehensive self-inspections and reporting a part of each covered property’s physical assessment regimen, HUD will signal a focus on identifying and mitigating risks to resident health and safety. Self-inspections are a key component of ensuring properties are maintained year-round and encourage regular, preventative maintenance rather than “just-in-time” repairs ahead of HUD-conducted inspections.

NSPIRE inspections are conducted mainly by contract inspectors and public housing agencies every one to five years, depending on a property’s previous inspection score. NSPIRE inspections focus on deficiencies deemed to be the most important indicators of housing quality. NSPIRE inspections may use a high sample rate and are intended to provide HUD a high level of confidence in the inspection results.

HUD Federal and contract inspectors may conduct additional inspections, which may be triggered by poor property conditions. These inspections can also be requested by other HUD offices. These additional inspections may use the highest sampling rate and provide HUD the highest level of confidence in a property’s condition. Scoring results provide evidence-based data to justify and support enforcement actions.

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