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Attic Inspection

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Wastewaterman

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I need some advice please. I just inspected a property (FHA) with access to the attic from the exterior only. There was no interior access. After attempting to gain access I found that the attic access panel/door 8 feet up on the rear of the home had been screwed closed and all sides were chalked. There was no way to remove the attic access door without possibly ruining the exterior siding. I did shoot a photo of the access door to prove my case. Can I comment in the report that I was unable to gain access and the reason why, or do I have to call for an inspection? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

Dutchman

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Notify your lender immediately
 

ROBERT JONES

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Just note what the scenario is and advise what you did or did not do. It's just like in the winter you don't engage the A/C but you should comment why not, despite the obvious.
 

Marcia Langley

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You should speak with the direct endorsement underwriter (DEU) or if you can't get access to them, call your HOC.

Without their written approval to the contrary, you'll have to call either for an additional visit where access is provided or for an inspection EA. The DEU can waive the inspection if FHA will let them. But no one else has the athority to instruct you to waive it.


The rule is that you must have access to the attic. Odds are they will require an inspection.
 
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