NSPIRE Life-Threatening Deficiencies

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The NSPIRE standards include a category of severe health and safety (SHS) deficiencies. Life-threatening (LT) conditions are included within the SHS category. HUD is seeking feedback on its proposed list of LT conditions and on its draft definition of the phrase “life-threatening.”

June 17, 2022: HUD published in the Federal Register the proposed National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) for public comment. Comments on the Federal Register notice and standards are due by August 1, 2022. Comments should be sent electronically through www.regulations.gov as directed in the notice.

The LT category includes deficiencies (hazards) that present a direct threat to life or well-being, i.e., that are likely to cause severe injury or reduction in physical or mental ability. This includes cases in which the harm has a likelihood of accruing irrevocably in under 24 hours. These deficiencies include certain toxins, electrical hazards, fire hazards, significant fall hazards, and absence of common life-safety devices designed to alert residents of such hazards or to directly protect against LT hazards such as fire or natural disasters.

Proposed List of Life-Threatening (LT) Deficiencies Based on the NSPIRE Standards

Last updated: 4/02/2021

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