In 1998, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began doing physical inspections for all Section 8 housing, public housing, HUD-insured multifamily housing, and other HUD-assisted housing (collectively, HUD housing) using a defined uniform physical condition standards to ensure that the housing is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair. This was the first effort at a centralized collection of standardized electronic reporting under the auspices of the HUD Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC)’s physical assessment subsystem.


Historically, nonprofit owned senior housing properties get the highest scores on HUD’s physical inspections. As a result, it may have been 3 years since these sites have had an inspection. In that time, inspection protocols, inspector guidance, definitional clarifications, and even the handheld platforms that support the process have undergone changes.


Most recently, with the expanded protocol under REAC’s Industry Standard rules, new rules of behavior for REAC Inspectors, changes to oversight on Quality Assurance on REAC, and new laws that govern what happens when a property fails its REAC Inspection Inspectors, expectations for and experiences related to REAC inspections have changed dramatically.


Be sure your management team all are familiar with what to expect before the next inspection is scheduled by reviewing this updated LeadingAge Fact Sheet on REAC Physical Inspections.