November 14, 2023

HUD: FHA Increases Allowable Fees for Inspections of Vacant Single Family Homes

Newly updated allowable inspection fees increase compensation for inspections that determine a property’s occupancy status.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced it has increased the allowable property inspection fee limits for property inspections of single-family homes associated with defaulted FHA-insured mortgages. These inspections are a crucial component of servicers’ preservation and protection of properties. They also safeguard neighborhoods from blight arising from inadequately maintained unoccupied homes.

With the updates announced today, FHA is increasing fees for certain allowable inspection categories, making its fee limitations consistent with those in use by other industry participants. FHA intends to evaluate allowable parameters for other property preservation expenses in the future.

“This is the first step in updating our policies governing property and preservation fees,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing Sarah Edelman. “Maintaining and preserving vacant properties is important to us, and we know it is important to the residents and communities where these properties are located.”

The new allowable inspection fees become effective immediately.

This post was originally published here.