Application of the "UPCS Guidance and Protocol Clarifications ...

Application of the "UPCS Guidance and Protocol Clarifications ...

PASS Training Dine and Learn is a new initiative undertaken by the PASS Training division. Its purpose is to highlight and provide clarification on issues that may arise. This initiative also enables the PASS Training division

to connect with you. Welcome Application of the UPCS Guidance and Protocol Clarifications & Industry Standard Notice

Introduction UPCS Guidance & Protocol Clarifications Industry Standard Notice Appeals Caution Open Forum Agenda

UPCS Guidance & Protocol Clarifications Additional guidance regarding Site Overgrown Vegetation and Site Erosion. Site - Overgrown Vegetation: Acceptable (Example 1) There is some vegetation touching a fence but it is not causing any damage. Is this a defect? Examples of vegetation contacting a fence that is acceptable NO DEFECT

Site - Overgrown Vegetation: Acceptable (Example 2) Additional examples of vegetation contacting a fence that is acceptable NO DEFECT Site - Overgrown Vegetation: Not Acceptable (Example 3) Examples of vegetation contacting a fence or building that is NOT acceptable

This is a DEFECT Site -- Overgrown Vegetation NotNot acceptable Site Overgrown Vegetation: Acceptable

(Page 2) (Example 4) Additional examples of vegetation contacting a fence or building that is NOT acceptable This is a DEFECT Site - Erosion: Acceptable Site - Erosion: Acceptable

(page 4) (Example 5) Often inspectors record a defect for erosion because the area under a tree or path that residence use does not have grass growing on it. This is not correct. Erosion shall be evaluated only if there is evidence of displaced soil. Additional Examples of what is NOT Erosion

Industry Standards Notice Understanding the Purpose & Application of this Notice (Effective August 1, 2016) Reasons for the Industry Standard Notice: Recently, many property owners/agents began preparing their properties for the REAC inspections by simply hiding the defect or making a

substandard repair, in lieu of making an acceptable industry standard repair. Saving them time, money, and effort. The media, politicians, and our own HUD staff, have raised questions concerning substandard repairs of inspectable items. To minimize the possibility of the H&S hazards that may result from substandard repairs. i.e. misaligned or improperly vented water heaters Refocusing our Protocols and Inspectors The Industry Standard Notice is directed at

refocusing our UPCS inspectors and the UPCS inspection protocols. By doing this we will ensure that the properties affiliated with HUD are providing and maintaining their building/units in a way that provides housing that is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair. Foundation of Industry Standard Notice 24CFR 5.703

5.703 Physical condition standards for HUD housing that is decent, safe, sanitary and in good repair Decent! Safe! Sanitary! OO DR EPA

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rep ai in good repair r Minimum Property Standards 24 CFR 200.929 200.929 Physical standards for housing intended to provide a

sound basis for determining the acceptability of housing refer to material standards developed by industry and accepted by HUD contained in the Use of Materials Bulletin Materials Releases General These Minimum Property Standards apply to buildings and sites designed and used for normal multifamily and care-type occupancy, including both unsubsidized and subsidized insured housing.

100-5 REHABILITATION CONSTRUCTION Rehabilitation construction includes the following categories: (1) all repairs to or replacement of present elements of an existing building, such as windows, stairs, flooring, or wiring; (2) rearrangement of rooms by the relocation of partitions or by the installation of 1-10 1994

___________________________________________________________________________________ _ 4910.1 100-5 REHIBILITATION CONSTRUCTION Continued New bathrooms and kitchens; or (3) the general replacement of the interior of a building. This may or may not include changes to interior orelements exteriorsuch

walls. structural as floor systems, columns or load bearing Rehabilitation construction shall comply

interior exterior walls. Rehabilitation shall comply with the or standards for new construction and construction

with the provisions of the with the handbook standards for new construction and with provisionsonof the

program for the particular program. New the construction program handbook for the particular program. New construction on Focus of the Industry Standard Notice

All repairs to address UPCS deficiencies in preparation for a REAC inspection shall be made in a good and workmanlike manner with materials that are suitable for the purpose and free from defects. The phrase good and workmanlike manner means: a) Ensuring that the component, as repaired, performs its intended function/purpose; and b) Finishing the repair in a manner reasonably compatible with design and quality of the original and adjoining decorative materials. Ensure proper maintenance of each inspectable item based on industry standards Fix deficiencies not just hide them

Proper use of materials based on industry standards Wall Cracks Cracks in Brick Wall - Tuck-pointed using mortar is the correct means of repair; caulking is not appropriate. Clarification/Exceptions In addition to tuck-pointing, the use of newer (ASTM class) products designed specifically for repairing concrete cracks is also acceptable. These must be made in a professional manner and the repairs shall not be easily distinguishable. The use of

interior/exterior painters caulking is not acceptable Cracks in Brick Wall - Continued Example of an acceptable product Polyurethane Mortar Joint Sealant Product No. 8620-18

DIVISIONS 3 & 7 Maintenance of Concrete 03 01 00 Joint Sealant 07 92 00 Cracks in Brick Wall: Not Acceptable (Example 6)

Access Holes in Drywall Drywall Repair Sheetrock with mud and/or tape is the correct means of repair. Simply covering a hole or damaged drywall with plywood/laminate is not correct. Clarification/Exceptions The exception to this rule regarding sheetrock repair is for intentional holes in the sheetrock to allow for access to plumbing, electrical, telephone, etc. These access points shall be covered, secured, and may use alternate materials other than sheetrock to cover the access point. The inspector will require that a sampling of

these access point covers be removed to verify the purpose of the cover. Access Holes in Drywall: Acceptable (Example 7) Hole in Drywall Repair: Acceptable (Example 8)

Additional examples of Drywall repairs. (obviously needs paint) Repairs of a hole in a wall: Not Acceptable Examples of Unacceptable Wall & Drywall repairs. This is a DEFECT (Example 9) Acceptable Uses for Corrugated Pipe

Downspouts Same materials, shape and design are correct. Plastic or PVC piping is not correct. Clarification/Exceptions The plastic corrugated and PVC piping is acceptable if used for its intended purpose. The plastic corrugated piping is acceptable if used as an extension at the end of the downspout to assist with directing water away from the foundation but shall not be used as part of the gutter/downspout system attached to the building.

Downspouts & Corrugated Piping: Acceptable (Example 10) Examples of Acceptable applications for plastic corrugated piping Downspouts & Corrugated Piping: Not Acceptable Example of Unacceptable applications for plastic corrugated piping (Example 11)

Downspouts & PVC Piping: Acceptable (Example 12) PVC piping will be allowed provided it is properly installed (as shown in the photo below) and is painted to match the adjoining gutter/downspout system. Downspouts & PVC Piping: Acceptable (Example 13)

Downspouts & PVC Piping: Not Acceptable (Example 14) Example of Unacceptable applications for PVC piping Site - Erosion Erosion Correcting the root cause of the erosion is the correct means of repair, for example, correct or repair the drainage or add fill-soil. Simply hiding or covering the erosion with mulch or straw is not correct. Clarification/Exceptions

Often we find that the property hides the evidence of erosion by covering the grounds with mulch, wheat straw, pine straw or other ground cover in lieu of correcting the cause. As the inspector, if you see evidence that this is the case while inspecting the property, you will investigate further to assess if erosion is ongoing and just hidden from view or if the appropriate repairs (fill dirt, seeding, piping, etc.) have been done and the ground cover is just an integral part of the process. (ex: Wheat straw to cover newly seeded areas) Site Erosion: Not Acceptable

(Example 15) Examples of Unacceptable Erosion Control Electrical Devices: Not Acceptable (Example 16) Electrical Panels and Disconnects - Installing a correct panel cover or using manufactured blanks is the correct means of repair. Using caulking or expandable spray foam to fill the gaps is Unacceptable

Unit Refrigerator: Not Acceptable (Example 17) Refrigerator Gasket Replacing the gasket is the correct means of repair. Using white electrical tape, fingernail polish, white-out, etc., dis Unacceptable Clarification/Exceptions A one inch split or tear in the refrigerator gasket that has been repaired is no longer a defect. However, anything other than this will be recorded as a defect

Unit Refrigerator: Not Acceptable (Example 18) Unit Water Heater: Acceptable (Example 19) Inspection of the gas water heater/gas HVAC vent piping The piping shall be inspected to ensure that it has no gaps in the piping (sometimes hidden by tape) and the piping size runs from either one continuous size or runs from smaller to larger beginning with the

smaller piping at the water heater Unit Water Heater: Not Acceptable (Example 20) Examples of Unacceptable and Incorrect Gas HVAC/Water Heater Venting Unit Water Heater: Not Acceptable (Example 20)

Examples of Unacceptable and Incorrect Gas HVAC/Water Heater Venting Appeals: Property representatives may use the Technical Review/Database Adjustment process to appeal deficiencies cited in which nonindustry standard repairs were made if the propertys management believes a deficiency should not have been recorded. The appeal process is the same as appealing any other item and requires the property representative to present appropriate documents that support the repair meets industry standards. Such appeal documents/information must contain both the

supporting industry standard documents, as well as written justification by a third-party subject matter expert for the particular deficiency type being appealed Caution: This notice is not intended for our UPCS inspectors to use as a means to record inspectable items as being deficient due their own preference or bias. It should not be used to address code issues. The inspector will enter NIS, meaning Not Industry Standard, in the comments field for each deficiency that the inspector records due to the substandard

repair. This will allow REAC to track where and how many times these types of issues occur. Questions?

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