NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy will facilitate third-party home inspections for all of its privatized housing through next October. the program was required and funded by Congress as part of the latest National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon’s yearly budget.
Residents will get anywhere from 48 hours to a week of advance notice, and scheduling conflicts can be worked out with local Housing Service Centers. Inspectors will be masked and vaccinated, and the inspections will last an average of 75 minutes.
The inspections are being conducted by Jacobs/HDR JV and will be signed off by a certified inspector, the Navy says. The company will put door-hanger signs on homes the day before they are slated for inspection.
Lincoln Military Housing, the largest manager of privatized Navy housing in Hampton Roads, issued this statement regarding the inspection program:
“We are aware of and fully support our partner facilitating and completing these inspections. Since this is a Navy-led inspection, it is very important for our residents to know that they should contact their local Navy Housing Service Center if they have questions.”
WAVY has run multiple stories detailing complaints military families have had with housing, especially concerning mold.
The Navy says the inspections are part of the requirements established in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and all privatized Navy family housing in the U.S., about 39,000 units, will be inspected.
“The upcoming inspections are just one item in a long list of recent efforts CNIC has made to increase the quality of our privatized housing,” said Greg Wright, CNIC Housing Director. “We have improved our procedures to carry out more effective oversight of the program and having this up-to-date inspection analysis will position CNIC to continue aggressively pursuing improvements where they are needed most.”
Although the funding was made available for an inspection of every unit of privatized Navy housing, it would be up to Congress to approve future funding for additional inspections in the future.
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