HUD Implements NSPIRE: Ensuring Safe and Decent Living Conditions for Public and Multifamily Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Beginning in July 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is implementing the Final Rule for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). These inspections aim to ensure safe and decent living conditions in public and multifamily housing properties, prioritizing resident health and safety. The new standards seek to address substandard rental properties, promote compliance with health and safety standards, and preserve the quality of neighborhoods and available housing. This initiative will provide a shared playbook for measuring housing quality and addressing issues to better serve residents and their families.

“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 solidify our commitment to those we serve,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “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.”

“These improvements should serve as a tool for public housing authorities and cities to help them better serve their residents and their families,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Richard J. Monocchio. “That’s the foundation of our all of our work and NSPIRE gives us a shared playbook for measuring housing quality for our residents and addressing problems.”

NSPIRE improves HUD’s oversight by aligning and consolidating inspection regulations used to evaluate HUD housing across multiple programs. NSPIRE strengthens HUD’s physical condition standards, formerly known as the Uniform Physical Condition Standard (UPCS) and the Housing Quality Standards (HQS). HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) conducts the inspections of HUD-assisted properties in the Public and Multifamily Housing programs.

HUD published the final NSPIRE rule on May 11, 2023, that made changes to inspections for the Public Housing and Multifamily Housing programs. That was followed by the NSPIRE companion publications of the final Standards Notice on June 22, 2023, the Administrative notice on June 30, 2023, and today’s publication of the final Scoring Notice.

For more information on NSPIRE, visit the NSPIRE homepage and view videos on the NSPIRE playlist.

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