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HUD To Align And Consolidate Inspection Requirements In Assisted And Insured Housing, Issues Final Standards

HUD releases final standards that streamline and unify inspection requirements across assisted and insured housing, simplifying the process for property owners and ensuring consistency in quality assessments.

June 15, 2023

Washington- The pending publication of the final inspection standards notice for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) in the federal register was announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The notice includes a detailed description of the inspectable items at HUD-assisted and multifamily-insured properties. The notice includes the classification of which conditions are life-threatening, severe, moderate, or low-risk as per the inspectable area. In addition to this, the notice also asks HUD to review its standards after every three years.

HUD Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge said, “These strengthened standards show HUD places the health and safety of residents first and foremost. As we put their needs first, we are not only doing the right thing, we’re also innovating and becoming more responsive in our Department’s practices across the board.”

Richard J. Monocchio believes that NSPIRE standards do great on two things: They not only bring consistency across programs but also bring focus where residents spend most of the time which in turn affects their mental well-being.

NSPIRE aligns and consolidates inspection regulations to evaluate HUD housing across multiple programs which in turn improves HUD’s oversight. HUD’s physical condition standards previously known as Uniform Physical Condition Standard (UPCS) and the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) are also strengthened by NSPIRE.

HUD is becoming more responsive to evolving industry standards and the changing needs of public housing all thanks to the new three-year review cycle. Now, the public has the right to comment and propose changes at regular intervals.

On June 17, 2022, the NSPIRE standards were tested during the NSPIRE demonstration. After HUD received feedback, the final standards along with changes were published. The changes received by HUD include:

  • To address life-threatening and severe deficiencies within 24 hours and all other deficiencies within 60 days.
  • To make smoke alarms consistent with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 72
  • To create a fire door standard
  • To install carbon monoxide alarms in compliance with the 2018 international fire code
  • Set minimum temperature requirements during cold months
  • State when guardrails and handrails are required
  • Establish infestation deficiencies based on observations
  • Develop deficiencies based on mold conditions
  • Mention deficiency for enhanced visual assessment
  • Include affirmative habitability requirements for bathrooms and other rooms used by residents

The final rule was published by HUD on May 11, 2023, making changes to the multifamily housing programs. The two remaining notices- the final scoring and the administrative notices will be published by HUD this summer.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Issues Final Standards that Align and Consolidate Inspection Requirements in Assisted and Insured Housing”. HUD, June 15, 2023,
HUD Issues Final Standards that Align and Consolidate Inspection Requirements in Assisted and Insured Housing | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021