REAC Inspection Preparation
Building Maintenance Management offers assistance for property owners with HUD REAC inspections. HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) provides affordable homes through several rental assistance programs, including public housing, multi-family housing and housing choice vouchers. These HUD-assisted properties require inspection to make sure they are decent, safe and sanitary. HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) sets the inspection standards and oversees inspections, known as REAC physical inspections.
During an inspection, HUD inspectors check to make sure the property manager or landlord is following HUD’s inspection standards. Qualified inspectors complete REAC inspections. Inspectors are usually HUD employees, contractors of the local public housing agency (PHA) or inspectors contracted by HUD. HUD inspectors are required to complete and pass a HUD certification course prior to conducting these inspections.
As part of our multi-housing services, BMM offers assistance to property owners and managers who are required to have a REAC inspection. BMM knows the standards and requirements of these inspections, so they can provide input on issues or concerns that may need to be fixed in order to pass the inspection. REAC inspections of multi-housing properties can be done at any time with only a 14-day notice. So, it’s important to stay on top of your property so you aren’t rushing around at the last minute to prepare.
BMM can help you avoid point deductions and deficiency citations when preparing for REAC health and safety inspections. A low or failing REAC score can mean additional inspections and the potential for reduced HUD funding, so it’s best to stay on top of things and avoid inspection problems later.
Common Issues Found During REAC Inspections
Here are some examples of things HUD inspectors will check to make sure they are in good, working condition:
- Doors – lock or latch properly; surface, frame and trim are undamaged
- Working refrigerator and kitchen stove
- Windows – in good condition, open and close, lockable, have screens, no cracks or breaks
- Bathroom – sink and shower/tub that is working; pipes and faucets not leaking
- Walls – not damaged and no peeling paint
- Plate covers for outlets and switches – not cracked or broken
- Emergency or fire exit – not blocked by furniture or other items not easily moved
- Clothes dryers – properly vented to the outside
These are basic components of property maintenance that our team can make sure are in good working order.
Need Help with REAC Inspections?
If you want to ensure you can pass a REAC inspection on the first try with no penalties, trust Building Maintenance Management to help you prepare. We proudly serve multi-housing communities in and around the Twin Cities area. Give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us for more information.