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Physical Inspection Summary Report (Ver 2.3)

The Inspection Summary Report is designed to achieve two objectives:

  1. Provide the Public Housing Agency or owner and/or owner agent (POA) with the background information, i.e. addresses, phone numbers, building names, etc., collected during the property inspection.

  1. Provide the POA the results of the REAC physical inspection of a specific property.

The items below describe the information provided in the Inspection Summary Report.

Inspection Number: The inspection number is unique for each property inspection conducted by REAC. Each time a property is inspected by REAC, a new inspection number is used. These unique numbers may be used to communicate with REAC on any matter concerning a particular inspection.

Property Information: Information related to a property is provided:

 -   property identification number (in parentheses) - a unique number in HUD databases
 -   property name
 -   status as a scattered site (Yes/No)
 -   relevant addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for the property

Each of these should be checked carefully for accuracy. All discrepancies should be reported to the REAC Technical Assistance Center 888-245-4860

Building Unit Count: The total number of buildings and units on the property are given, along with the number of buildings and units actually inspected by REAC

Scores: An overall numerical score is given as a value from zero to 100. Separate numerical scores are also given for each of five areas:

 -   site
 -   building exterior
 -   building systems
 -   common areas
 -   units

The five area scores range from zero to the maximum number of points possible for each area. The possible points for a given area are determined for a specific property based on the inspectable items actually present in each area. The sum of the area points identifies what the overall score would be if there were no health & safety (H&S) deficiencies. The overall numerical score is then calculated by subtracting the sum of deductions for H&S deficiencies from the sum of the individual "area points."

Examples of overall scores are: 95c; 67b*; 84a*; 100b; 78a; and 43c*. The asterisk indicates that H&S deficiencies were found with respect to smoke detectors. The lower-case letter indicates whether or not other kinds of H&S deficiencies were observed, as follows:

 -   The letter "a" is given if no health and safety deficiencies were observed other than for smoke detectors.
 -   The lower-case letter "b" is given if one or more non-life threatening H&S deficiencies, but no exigent/fire safety H&S deficiencies were observed other than for smoke detectors.
 -   The lower-case letter "c" is given if one or more exigent/fire safety (calling for immediate attention or remedy) H&S deficiencies were observed.

Although all H&S deficiencies, except for smoke detector problems and "other" hazards, affect the scores with appropriate deductions, the letter grades are added to highlight the serious nature of H&S deficiencies, all of which need to be addressed by the POA.

Health and Safety Counts: In addition to the counts of actual H&S deficiencies observed in the inspected buildings and units, the estimated number of H&S deficiencies that would have been found had all buildings and units been inspected is also given. This projected count gives a sense of the total H&S problem for the inspected property. The projection is calculated by dividing the counts actually observed in buildings or units by the proportion of buildings or units inspected. The percent of buildings and units inspected is additionally given to show the basis for the calculations.

Systemic Deficiencies: Defects observed in at least half of the inspected units or buildings are listed by whether or not they are repairs generally requiring large cash outlays ("Capital" items) or generally requiring smaller cash outlays ("Ordinary" items).

Participants & Buildings/Units: Information provided includes:

 -   relevant addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for participants
 -   name, year built, number of units and address for each building on the property. Note: All buildings on the property should be listed.

As before, each of these should be checked carefully for accuracy and any discrepancies should be reported to the REAC Technical Assistance Center 888-245-4860

Inspectable Items: This portion of the report details all deficiencies found in the inspection. The main headings in the first column refer to the inspectable area--site, building exterior, building systems, common areas, unit, or health & safety, where the deficiency was observed. The entries are "inspectable items" within which the deficiencies were found. Some items may not be present for a given property. In such cases, appropriate adjustments are made in the points for each area. Items present, but with no deficiencies found, are not listed. Inspectable items are:

 -   Site: fencing & gates, grounds, mail boxes/project signs, market appeal, parking lots/driveways/roads, play areas & equipment, refuse disposal, retaining walls, storm drainage, and walkways/stairs.
 -   Building Exterior: doors, fire escapes, foundations, lighting, roofs, walls, and windows.
 -   Building Systems: domestic water, electrical system, elevators, emergency power, exhaust system, fire protection, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, and sanitary system.
 -   Common Areas: basement/garage/carport, closet/utility/mechanical, community room, day care, halls/corridors/stairs, kitchen, laundry room, lobby, office, other community spaces, patio/porch/balcony, pools & related structures, restrooms/pool structures, storage, and trash collection areas.
 -   Unit: bathroom, call-for-aid, ceiling, doors, electrical system, floors, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, hot water heater, kitchen, laundry area (room), lighting, outlets/switches, patio/porch/balcony, smoke detectors, stairs, walls, and windows.
 -   Health & Safety: air quality, electrical hazards, elevator, emergency/fire exits, flammable materials, garbage and debris, hazards, infestation.

Column labeled NO/OD:

NO: The inspection protocol requires the inspector to check for the existence of certificates for certain items such as lead-based paint, elevators, etc. If the inspector verifies all of the required certificates, the report will not include any certificate information. If a certificate is not present, the first inspectable item listed will be "certificates" and the designation "NO" will be listed for each unavailable certificate.

OD: If the inspector records a deficiency, then an OD in this column refers to the "observed deficiency" for the given item.

Column labeled Observation: The column lists each specific deficiency observed within a given inspectable item. Each deficiency has a definition, which specifies what must be observed for that deficiency to be recorded. Also noted in this column are observations about Health & Safety items. These are:

 -   (LT) - Exigent/Fire Safety (calling for immediate attention or remedy)
 -   (LT) - (NLT) - Not Life Threatening
 -   (SD) - Smoke Detector

Definitions for all deficiencies are given in the physical inspection section at REAC's web site on the Internet (www.hud.gov/reac/). Click on "Products," then "Physical Inspection," and then "Physical Inspection Definitions."

Column labeled Severity: Deficiencies differ by "severity." The definitions specify what must be recorded for a given deficiency under one of three possible severity levels-level 1, level 2 and level 3. The severity level is given on the report to indicate which part of the definition actually applies for the specific deficiency observed. Severity levels are defined within a given deficiency and do not necessarily indicate which deficiencies are the worst. For more serious deficiencies, a level 2 severity may be more of a problem and may reduce the overall score more than less serious deficiencies with a severity of level 3.

Location/Comments: Comments are required for all severity level 3 deficiencies.

Column labeled Ded: This column gives the points deducted from the overall property score for the observed deficiencies. In the shaded heading the possible points are given for that area and building or unit. Although the listed points deducted may sum to more than the possible points, the total deducted from the overall property score for that area and building or unit does not exceed its possible points. The listing of points deducted is rounded to the nearest tenth of a point, so "<0.05" is listed when the points deducted is a very small fraction, but greater than zero. Where there is a blank or zero, such as for lack of a certificate or observed smoke detector problems, it means no points are deducted from the property score.