Door Locks: Not Required vs. Missing
From the Doors Series of Articles
Consider the following paragraph from page 26 of HUDs REAC Compilation Bulletin
I dont understand the exceptions. I dont understand the difference between doors for which locks “are not required” and doors which “have missing locks.”
Ive tried to approach it this way: the difference lies in the distinction between a door that never had a lock and a door for which a “lock was installed” some time in its past. How can a REAC Inspector tell that a door use to have a lock? Ive thought of two ways:
- there are holes or other evidence on the door where there used to be a lock
- part of the lock is missing
In the 1st case, again, how are doors with “missing locks” different than doors for which “locks are not required”? If a property decided to remove a lock then there is no longer a lock and “locks are not required”—anywhere—so why the the exceptions?
Is it the 2nd case? Perhaps HUD is saying that partially removed lock hardware (photo right) should not be considered a deficiency in the case of the three exceptions.
Maybe I should be focused on the part of the instructions which say “if a lock was installed it must be inspected to ensure that it functions as designed with three exceptions:” In other words, do not inspect to ensure that a lock functions as designed when a lock is on the following types of doors:
- Common Area interior doors
- 504 unit doors
- Public Housing bedroom doors
In that case the “have missing locks” phrases are superfluous and add needless confusion. Honestly, sometimes this stuff is harder to figure out than the implications of time travel.
An explanation to come?
I doubt it. I e-mailed HUD about this question twice in April 2008, and have not, as of the day you’re reading this, received a reply.
How Missing/Damaged Lock Hardware is Recorded
A missing or damaged lock is recorded in the Doors: Damaged Hardware section of the inspection software. If we consider the exceptions noted above the level of deficiency depends upon upon what kind of door has the damaged or missing lock.
For a residential unit it is
- Level 1: A closet door
- Level 2: Any door that isn’t a closet, bathroom, entry, Public Housing bedroom or, a 504 unit door
- Level 3: An entry or a bathroom door that is not in a 504 unit
For a Common Area or an Exterior Doors it is
- Level 1: A closet door
- Level 2: n/a
- Level 3: A restroom, entry, or fire door reference
Page144 and 233 of HUDs REAC Compilation Bulletin
“ . . . one of three levels that reflect the extent of damage associated with each deficiency . . . ”
“Based on the severity of each deficiency, the score is reduced.”
[From the author of this website: A property will lose more points with a Level 3 deficiency than a Level 1 deficiency but there are other mathematical factors which determine a deficiencys point reduction.]
“The Physical Inspection Data Collection Device (DCD) software is used by inspectors to record and submit conditions of HUD properties into a centralized database.”
This term refers to a HUD program. It is explained on HUD’s
Public Housing Program page of its website.
504 units are designed for residents with special requirements. For example, a resident who uses a wheelchair. More information can be found on HUD’s Section 504 Frequently Asked Questions page of its website.
Page 1 of HUDs document Preparing for REAC Inspections.
all areas within a building that are not residential units are considered Common Areas for the REAC inspection
Last modified: February 4, 2011