HUD publishes property inspection scores online


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has started publishing information regarding the physical condition of public housing and multifamily units.

The data can be downloaded state-by-state as PDF documents, or nationwide as a comma-delimited text file at the HUD site.

The initiative is part of President Obama's initiative of making government more open and transparent.

HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center conducts 20,000 inspections each year of properties owned, insured or subsidized by HUD, including public housing and multifamily assisted housing.

The data currently online represent inspections conducted from 2001 through September 2009.