HUD: FHA INFO #20-73: Temporary Policy to Waive Requirements for “Interior” Photographs in Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas

HUD: FHA INFO #20-73: Temporary Policy to Waive Requirements for “Interior” Photographs in Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas

Investor Update
October 6, 2020 

Source: HUD (temporary policy waiver)

Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a temporary policy waiver to its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 requirements that suspends the standard inspection requirement for “interior” photographs of property in designated Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs).

This waiver of requirements for interior photographs in PDMDAs is now consistent with the temporary inspection guidance allowing for exterior-only or desktop-only inspections due to the COVID-19 National Emergency currently in place.

Quick Links:

• View the temporary policy waiver requirement for interior photographs in PDMDAs at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/waivers/

• Access the online or PDF versions of the Single Family Housing Policy Handbook1 at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh

• View Mortgagee Letter 2020-05 and all other archived Mortgagee Letters at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/letters/mortgagee

Resources
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