Strictly Unofficial Interpretations of HUD REAC Inspection Protocol Instructions
It is inevitable that I will interpret a set of written instructions differently than you do. It cant be helped. The REAC Inspection Protocol, formally known as the UPCS Protocol, and its many revisions — ahem, I mean “guidance” — are cryptically written. And that is exactly the point of this website.
Want an example? Here's how HUD instructs REAC inspectors that they must bring a flashlight and a measuring tape to the REAC inspections:
“No specialized equipment other than a DCD [Data Collection Device] is required to conduct a REAC inspection. Inspectors are required to arrive on site prepared to inspect all inspectable items and be able to accurately determine door and hallway widths (FHEO surveys), and inspect all applicable areas, including those in which there may be no lighting, without assistance from property representative . . . ” reference
Pages 8 and 9 of HUDs REAC Compilation Bulletin
Honestly, doesnt that just make you sick?
And this “bring a flashlight and a measuring tape” example of poor instruction writing is an innocent one. There are numerous, not so innocent examples that cost the properties that are subjected to this inspection money and grief.
I will try to carefully parse the grammar and I will cite references. Ill also interpret as best I can. Keep this in mind and please also be aware that this website is strictly unofficial and is in no way associated with or approved by HUD.