Privatized military housing is now being inspected by all the military service branches. The Navy and the Marine Corps join the Army and Air Force by examining 100% of the PPV, or public-private venture, housing on military bases. The change to inspections was a listed requirement as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The Marine Corps began inspections via an independent contractor on January 18, 2022. The Navy began inspections in the fall of 2021. The completion of inspections will be complete by October of 2022, the beginning of Fiscal Year 2023. Per a release by the Navy in the fall of 2021, the inspections are being conducted by Jacobs/HDR JV and each inspection would be signed off by a certified inspector.
The inspections include interior and exterior inspections with special attention to heating and cooling systems in addition to landscaping, equipment drainage, common areas, and building systems. Any concerns seen by the inspectors are to be reported to the military housing office and the housing management company. The reports include physical and operational assessments of the homes. These inspections being added to the 2020 NDAA was in response to a Reuters series revealing concerns found in privatized housing. The Department of Defense then released a tenant bill of rights for service members and began the move to inspect homes. Inspection notices go to tenants two to three weeks prior to the scheduled inspection and then a reminder is sent 48 hours prior to the inspection.
The Army began inspections in January of 2021 with completion intended to be September 2021. The Air Force has not released an update on when inspections began or the goal of completion.
The results of the inspections are shared not just with the local base but will eventually be shared with the base commanders in addition to Congress.
Want to read more about the recommendations for inspections from the Government Accountability Office? Check out this 2020 release here.
If you live on a military installation, has your home been inspected?