Poor Design Reviews and Construction Inspections of Apartment Project in Rhode Island

CED-77-66: Published: Jun 3, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1977.

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In response to a request resulting from tenant complaints, a review was performed of problems at an apartment project and the adequacy of the performance of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the insuring agency.

Problems such as frozen water pipes, uneven heating, and poor drainage had gone uncorrected through two winters. Most of these problems were caused by a combination of faulty design and construction, with the faulty construction frequently resulting because approved plans and specifications were not adhered to by the contractor. Reviews and inspections performed by HUD before and during construction were inadequate to disclose deficiencies, and when deficiencies were identified, responsibility was not established by the insuring office.

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  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The insuring office should (1) comply with established HUD policy and procedures in evaluating construction; (2) insure adequate inspections, identification of problems, and monitoring of corrective work; and (3) adhere to HUD policies for establishing escrows for assuring satisfactory contractor performance.

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