REAC “Industry Standards” Changes – August 1

As you probably know, REAC inspectors began today implementing the new “Industry Standard” repair directive. This basically gives each REAC inspector the right to judge the craftsmanship of each repair made within the property. If, in the inspectors’ varied opinions, the repair isn’t inline with “industry standards”, you will likely be cited for the original deficiency.

If desired, you can access the full 3-page HUD document by going to the “Helpful Info” section of our website –

After conferring with several REAC inspectors, I believe the below list is a summary of what they are now looking to record as defective;

  • PVC used in place of aluminum downspout – although extremely common: DEFECT
  • Tape used to cover holes in vinyl siding: DEFECT
  • Drywall repairs that don’t match the surrounding area: DEFECT
  • Straw or mulch placed over eroded areas: DEFECT(most inspectors feel they have the green light now to kick mulch around to determine if there is any missing soil from around A/C pads, stoops, etc.)
  • “Non-professional” plumbing access panels: DEFECT
  • Non-matching mortar repairs or mortar/crack repairs using caulking as opposed to a proper mortar material: DEFECT
  • Angle iron placed over corners of buildings to “hide” chipped bricks: DEFECT
  • Chipped bricks repaired using non-matching cement/mortar: DEFECT
  • Door damaged repaired using drywall mud, plastic disks or other “non-matching” material: DEFECT
  • Tape placed on fridge gaskets or entry door weather-stripping: DEFECT
  • Mismatched popcorn ceiling texture:DEFECT
  • Broom handles used as primary locking device on doors or windows: DEFECT
  • Mismatched floor tile: DEFECT(if 5%+ is mismatched)
  • Anycaulking or other “foreign” material located in the panel or disconnect boxes: DEFECT

This, by no means, is an exhaustive list. Basically what I’m hearing is that if the repair doesn’t match in type, quality or appearance, it will be cited as defective. This is likely to get crazy!