5. Interior Inspections. Following a determination that a property has been abandoned, a visual “exterior only” inspection may not reveal any emergency repairs or environmental/fire hazards, which, if not addressed at once, may pose damage to the property. Early detection of problems is critical to minimize loss in the event the property is acquired by the holder and possibly conveyed to VA. Therefore, subsequent inspection reports on abandoned properties must include completion of interior inspections.
Mr P. Says: “Early detection of problems is critical” is the causation of comprehensive monthly interior inspections. Inspectors as well as contractors are responsible for reporting “any emergency repairs or environmental/fire hazards” for each inspection. New damages and potential problems should be documented, photographed and reported as well as bidding repairs if appropriate.