Welcome to Assabet Valley Housing Inspections

Assabet Valley Housing Inspections is a central New England public housing inspection company with over a decade of experience in HQS, UPCS, and state public housing inspections.

My inspections will help to keep your operation running smoothly and in compliance with both State and/or Federal guidelines. Inspections are professional, stress free, and can easily be customized to meet your needs.

State Public Housing Inspections

State inspections will determine compliance with the Massachusetts Sanitary code.

Each unit is thoroughly and professionally inspected to provide detailed documentation for work orders. My objective is not to fail every unit, but rather to identify and document all health and safety issues along with other deficiencies that may need immediate attention.

Secondary and housekeeping issues can be noted in the inspection comment section so that they can be addressed as time permits. Maintenance will be notified of all 24-hour health and safety issues.

DHCD recommends spreading out inspections over the year so as not to over burden your staff with an influx of work orders. This can be accomplished with my personalized service, and I am happy to discuss each inspection with you to ensure your total satisfaction.

Pre-REAC and Annual UPCS Inspections

The objective of a Pre-REAC inspection should not be to find as many defects as possible and then fix them all, but rather prioritize the defects that will have the biggest impact on your REAC score. This strategy will help you achieve the highest possible score by utilizing your resources in the most efficient and most cost-effective way.

It is recommended that prior to the REAC inspection date, a 100% inspection of the property should be completed. This would include all 5 inspectable areas: the site, all building exteriors, all building systems, all common areas and all units.

When the inspection is completed, your inspection report will include anticipated detailed REAC scoring, the exact location of observed deficiencies with notes and photos, an excel spreadsheet, and REAC scoring analysis. This will allow you to focus your REAC preparation on the highest REAC point losses first.

Inspections will determine compliance with UPCS protocol using the same approach that the REAC inspector would use. Your maintenance contact will be notified daily of all Health and Safety Hazards.

“Preparing for Pre-REAC Inspections” (edited web page)

“Preparing for Pre-REAC Inspections” (Original .pdf from www.hud.gov)

HQS Inspections

Voucher housing choice units are inspected for compliance with Hud Quality Standards as well as the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code. All Inspection reports are provided in a timely manner and can be customized to meet your administrative plan requirements.

Both the tenant and landlord will be notified by mail when the inspection is scheduled. Rent Reasonable will be included with Annual, Biennial, Initial, Audit, and Special inspections. Failed units will be scheduled for re-inspection within 30 days of failure, and the landlord will be immediately informed of 24-hour at-risk conditions. Documentation will be provided on attempts to bring the unit back into compliance.

The landlord or designee will be contacted for initial inspection within 2 business days after receiving Request for Tenancy Approval, and an additional charge may apply for units outside of a 50-mile radius from your office.

 

 

Annual Residential Unit Inspections

Annual unit inspections are done with the intention of looking for issues or damage to the property that the tenant is responsible for while also checking for issues that are the responsibility of maintenance. My unbiased inspections will document tenant damage as well as deficiencies and/or conditions that can cause a unit to be non-compliant with State and/ or Federal regulations.

The reports are designed to be easy to read and are completed in a timely manner, and will include a tenant signature whenever possible. At risk conditions such as inoperable or missing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are reported to you immediately. Each unit is inspected thoroughly and professionally with detailed documentation for work orders. This will save your maintenance staff time and allow them to address their other duties more efficiently.

** Home Purchase and Insurance Claim Inspections are not offered at this time