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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Representatives Lawson, Adams and Demings Demand Answers Regarding HUD’s Inspection Process

May 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Alma Adams (NC-12) and Val Demings (FL-10) sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General Rae Oliver Davis to express concerns regarding the physical inspection process for HUD-assisted housing. They are particularly concerned that several HUD-assisted properties have passed inspections despite “atrocious, substandard living conditions.”

“Not only are we concerned about failing inspections, but also the inconsistencies of how properties are scored,” the Members stated in the letter. “Not only are HUD properties failing inspections at a higher rate, but inspectors are passing units that have concerning violations including mold, bug infestations and sewer issues.  As Members of Congress who represent districts with HUD-assisted families impacted by deplorable living conditions, we request a full audit of HUD’s physical inspection process including how many units have been inspected, the pass/fail rates for each facility, and the amount of time HUD and participating landlords take to resolve and alleviate issues that result in unsafe environments for tenants.”

The letter also demands answers to several questions, including:

  • What factors does HUD consider when deciding to schedule a physical inspection prior to a property’s next regularly scheduled inspection?
  • Are there mechanisms that tenants and/or local government can utilize to trigger a HUD physical inspection of a property prior to the next regularly scheduled inspection?
  • What is HUD’s process for informing assisted-families and local government about its enforcement actions against properties who have failed a physical inspection?
  • After a property receives a failing physical inspection score, what is HUD’s timeline for following-up on the failed physical inspection?
  • After a property continues to be in noncompliance following HUD’s initial directive to bring the property into compliance what is HUD’s process for determining and completing its next enforcement action?

HUD-assisted housing is a vital resource for communities across the nation. More than 10 million Americans use federal rental assistance, 68 percent of whom are seniors, children or persons living with disabilities.

“HUD has expressed a need to reform the physical inspection process,” the Members said. “Federally-assisted housing should always operate in the highest quality for residents.”