This manual outlines the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate or NSPIRE. NSPIRE is the successor inspection protocol of the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) and the Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The HQS Inspection Protocol has been in effect since 1979 for Voucher Programs and grant-based programs. The UPCS Inspection Protocol started in 1999 for Multifamily and Public Housing and was later adopted by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and HOME Program.

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Last modified: 14 April 2023


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