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HUD To Inspect Public Housing Under NSPIRE Final Rule

The NSPIRE Final Rule will come into effect on July 1 for public housing and on October 1 for the remaining HUD Rental Assistance Programs.

August 21, 2023

Washington- After July 1, 2023, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has the power to inspect public housing under the Final Rule for National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). The inspections ensure compliance with the safety and health standards of the Department to ensure decent living conditions for individuals and families.

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “Resident health and safety are HUD’s top priorities. We are demonstrating how vital this is by undertaking this momentous step by strengthening inspection standards with NSPIRE to solidifies our commitment to those we serve. The purpose of the new standards and inspections are to address the issue of substandard rental properties, promote greater compliance with health and safety standards, and preserve the quality of our country’s neighborhoods and available housing.”

Richard J. Monochhio feels that these improvements act as a tool for public housing authorities and cities to serve residents and their families better. He considers this to be the foundation of their work and NSPIRE also shared a playbook for taking note of the housing quality.

NSPIRE aligns and consolidates inspection regulations to evaluate HUD Housing across multiple programs and improve HUD’s oversight. HUD’s physical condition standards previously known as Uniform Physical Condition Standard (UPCS) and Housing Quality Standards are also strengthened by NSPIRE. The inspections of HUD-assisted properties in Public and Multifamily Programs are also conducted by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC).

The final NSPIRE rule was published by HUD on May 11, 2023, to make changes to inspections for Public Housing and Multifamily Programs. The other publications include NSPIRE Companion Publications of the final standards notice on June 22, 2023, including today’s publication of the final scoring notice.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Public Housing Inspections to Begin Under New Rule to Strengthen Inspection Standards in HUD-Assisted and Insured Housing”. HUD, July 7, 2023,
Public Housing Inspections to Begin Under New Rule to Strengthen Inspection Standards in HUD-Assisted and Insured Housing | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021