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January 2020
A new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. Happy New Year from our family to yours!!
Head-Scratcher of the Month
REAC now allows no more than 14 days advanced notice for REAC inspections. REAC has decided that Properties are not keeping up with repairs thus putting residents' health and safety in jeopardy. This policy is a kneejerk reaction to several recent HUD Office of Inspector General’s reports that REAC is a failing program. 

Click here to see one such OIG report.
REAC’s 14-day solution forces properties to conduct ongoing maintenance. According to REAC this forces properties to stop "prepping for the inspection." So, gone are the days when the inspector allows up to 4 months to schedule an inspection.
Properties with Servicing Mortgage loans are exempt from this requirement. Not only that but it seems the new rule is not being applied to all non-exempt properties. We can only guess HUD has received so much pushback that it backed off.  The Naional Apartment Association for one did voice concern.
Whatever the reason for not applying the 14-day rule consistently, a 14-day notice should be taken seriously because REAC has granted itself the right to fail you with a big fat zero if you can’t comply with the ultimatum. Forget about that MRI appointment you’ve had schedules for months, or other legit reasons. 
Until someone challenges the legality of the rule or pushes back hard enough to back REAC off the unfair policy properties will have to keep up with nitpicking maintenance year round. What REAC doesn't fully appreciate is the wide inconsistency in the application of the REAC Inspection Standards. One inspector can give out a 50 and another a 99 for the same property the same day. 

The 14-day rule does not account for the elephant in the room – an inspection program that is unworkable at all levels, as OIG and GAO elucidated in many REAC audits.

More changes are coming! Can you say NSPIRE? The 14-day rule is just the tip of the iceberg. 

The REAC Impossible Newsletter will bring you another exciting chapter next month about an ever changing REAC Impossible Inspection Program. Next month we talk about why the Director of the Appeals Office Sam Tuffour is denying your appeals at such an alarming rate.
REAC Check Unit Inspection Software
Conduct Unit inspections easily and in full compliance with REAC defect rules.

REACCheck collects Uniform Property Condition Standards (UPCS) defects in the units, building exteriors, system components, common areas and site (grounds). It includes scored defects by level of severity, photos, work order time entry field, and more.

The software can generate reports quickly and easily in any format: work orders, by defect, defect level, location, by unit, et cetera.

NSPIRE will mandate annual unit inspections reportable to REAC. Get a head start with REACCheck Software.
The REAC Inspection Handbook 2020 Edition
You may have been a big proponent of having a pre-REAC consultant come in and inspect the property.

But not all properties can afford this and having this up-to-date book as a resource guide so you can self-inspect your properties will save a lot of money.

As a visual Learner, this 198 page book makes your job easier, there are lots of pictures, and for most, pictures tell the story. It also has current and cross-referenced rules and interpretations.

And best of all, if you don’t want to carry around a book - just add the Kindle version to your phone or laptop to be at your fingertips whenever and wherever.

This is a great book! It will make your Pre-REAC preparation a no brainer.

Buy either the Kindle and/or the paperback versions. The buy button below goes to the buy page at www.REAC1.com .
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