NSPIRE News: January 13, 2021
The NSPIRE Proposed Rule: Another Milestone Toward Implementation

On January 13, 2021, HUD announced the publication of the proposed rule for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). The publication of the proposed rule represents what is considered the most significant formal milestone to date for NSPIRE and will establish the regulatory framework necessary for the implementation of the program when final. Through the proposed rule, HUD seeks to:

  • Align all HUD programs to a singular set of physical inspection standards
  • Incorporate provisions of the Economic Growth and Recovery, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act that will reduce administrative burden on small rural PHAs
  • Establish the method HUD will use for the implementation of specific NSPIRE standards, scoring, and processes
  • Apply a “safe, habitable dwellings” standard and create a unified assessment of housing quality
  • Implement a new annual self-inspection and reporting requirement for certain HUD housing
  • Establish an administrative process for the treatment of health and safety deficiencies
  • Provide the regulatory framework for NSPIRE

HUD seeks public comment on all aspects of the proposed rule, which will be considered as the rule progresses from proposed to final within the established rulemaking process. To be considered, comments should be submitted in accordance with guidance published in the Federal Register notice.

See HUD’s press release announcing the publication of the proposed rule at:
https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_21_006

See the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register at:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/13/2021-00098/economic-growth-regulatory-relief-and-consumer-protection-act-implementation-of-national-standards

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