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Trump - NAHB Homebuilders Shoddy Construction and Forced Arbitration

Organizing your community to bring public attention to builder’s bad deeds and seeking assistance from local, state and federal elected officials has proven to be more effective and much quicker for thousands of families. You do have choices and alternatives.  Janet Ahmad

As Goes Texas So Goes the Nation 
How Texas Home Building Industry shaped the Texas Residential Construction
Commission (TRCC) and regulates new homebuyers

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Builders Warranty and Standards Hammered
Tuesday, 11 January 2005
Building rules are hammered
Jason Gallas, co-owner of Tri-Built Custom Homes and a builder for 21 years, is not impressed with the Texas Residential Construction Commission's work… Gallas notes the standards discuss maximum width for foundation cracks but make no mention of the type of steel that should be used or the strength of the concrete needed for each soil type… On the suggestion of San Antonio home inspector Mark Eberwine, for instance, the commission changed language that would have allowed chimneys to separate from walls by up to 11/2 inches and masonry walls to bow by up to 21/2 inches. But Eberwine said the new 1-inch tolerance still is too much… "This document is more of a pre-emptive strike on complaining homeowners than it is a warranty," Eberwine said.
No Surprises –Texas Residential Construction Commission has no power to enforce its findings.
Thursday, 06 January 2005

A whole lot of talk yields little action
Homeowners wish mediation agency could force repairs
MINDY Brooks just wants her house fixed. Shoddy construction left her Fort Worth home with a laundry list of problems… The commission's inspector found more than a dozen defects. But the commission had no power to enforce its findings, leaving Brooks feeling helpless.

Homebuilder Perry, Contributions & Tort Reform to Limit Liability
Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Perry’s gifts get noticed
Houston builder donated $9 million to Republicans in 2004 elections
As the largest political donor in Texas elections, Houston home builder Bob Perry and the pro-business measures he advocates get noticed in Austin. After he pumped $3.8 million into the 2002 Texas elections, the Legislature approved several policy proposals that Perry supported…President Bush is trying to breathe new life into what his supporters call tort reform - limits on damage awards in lawsuits. Perry has promoted the issue.

Can Texas Homeowners afford to Complain? Texans to pay $350 to file complaint against builder
Sunday, 21 November 2004

Texas Homeowners ask Senators for help.

What other state agency charges consumers a fee to file a complaint?

HB730 Texas Residential Construction Commission Act (TRCCA) disproportionately changed the way homeowners must deal with builders who ignore both major and basic home warranty concerns.  Since the passage of TRCCA, homeowners with construction defect issues must pay the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) a $350.00 fee for standard warranty issues or $450.00 for major warranty issues. . .  What other state agency charges the consumer a fee to file a complaint?

Lawmakers say builders are stacking dispute panel
Thursday, 23 September 2004
Lawmakers say builders are stacking dispute panel
Adolfo Pesquera
Express-News Business Writer
AUSTIN — A state Senate committee looking into arbitration reform had sharp criticism for the heads of the Texas Residential Construction Commission and demanded the director take steps to provide consumer and minority representation on its arbitration task force. See Senate Subcommittee on Binding Arbitration Video - August 25, 2004 - Jurisprudence Committee Go to: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/AVarch.htm - Advance forward the time of hearing on Binding Arbitration to: 4:01
Homebuilders may have constructed a fortress
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Homebuilders may have constructed a fortress
Some say their political donations have cost consumers the right to file suit 
 San Antonio Express-News
When Delores Rollins bought her dream home in the Hart Ranch subdivision off De Zavala Road seven years ago, she had no idea the purchase would draw her into the state and national political fray…   Rollins believes she has wound up on the short end of a long-term effort by Texas homebuilders to protect themselves from paying for their mistakes...  Hoagland said the broad reforms pushed through in Bush's first term — caps on punitive damages, restrictions on venue-shopping and limits on shared liability, among others — may have benefited the homebuilding industry…   ""How many times do they have to win?"" said James of the Consumers Union. ""I think the deal is that it's not about logic, it's not about justice, it's about muscle. And the business community has a ton of muscle, and they don't want to be liable for anything.""
Texas Commission - Perception of Impropriety
Friday, 13 August 2004

Residential housing standards are in the works
Skating between the public's skepticism and an industry increasingly sensitive about its image, the Texas Residential Construction Commission rolled into San Antonio late 
Wednesday to solicit comments on its draft for housing standards… The existing draft is essentially a carbon copy of the limited warranties that homeowners have found so troublesome over the past decade, said Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building… Despite Thomas' assurances, Scott Emerson of Scott's Inspection Co. spoke for many in the audience when he noted that the commission had a perception hurdle to overcomeeight of its nine members earn their livelihood within the homebuilding industry.

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