Friday, 15 October 2004
TO SUPPORT A MEANINGFUL, LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR HOMEBUYERS TO THE PROBLEMS OF THE UNREGULATED HOME BUILDING INDUSTRY. TO ELIMINATE ABUSIVE BINDING MANDATORY ARBIRATION FROM CONSUMER CONTRACTS. TO ENCOURAGE STRICT REGULATION AND STANDARDS ON THE LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS. TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT CONSUMER PROTECTION AND THE PASSAGE OF THE HOME LEMON LAW THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
How HOBB Works for Change, Justice and You
See: An interview with Janet Ahmad
Contact Janet Ahmad, President of HOBB to help or for assistance.
ABOUT HOMEOWNERS FOR BETTER BUILDING
HomeOwners For Better Building - Est. 1978
Janet Ahmad - President|
November, 1978 proclaimed as HomeOwners for Better Building Month by the Mayor of San Antonio
Lobbied for the Texas Home Lemon Law.
Has participated in various hearing concerning consumer protection for new homes.
HomeOwners for Better Building (HOBB) was founded in the late 70's in San Antonio. In November of 1978 San Antonio Major Lila Cockrel proclaimed November as "HomeOwners for Better Building Month". HOBB's main purpose at that time was to strengthen building codes in the city of San Antonio and license home builders. After a period of inactivity the organization was restarted in 1996, securing a place on the Internet, and gaining charter members in Florida, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Since then HOBB has become a national consumer organization and has been involved in extensive lobbying efforts with various State Legislatures to change laws that would protect new home buyers.
HOBB gained national attention in 2001 when Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte introduced the first ever Home Lemon Law in the 77th Legislature for new home construction. Additionally, the Senator introduced an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) bill that would help stop the abuses of binding arbitration agreements in sales contracts as a condition to the purchase of a new home. Texas Senator Frank Madla filed a bill to license home builders in Texas as well.
On the federal level Congressmen Charles A Gonzalez and Ciro Rodriguez filed HR 5033 titled the "America Homebuyers Protection Act" that would prohibit contracts that contain a mandatory arbitration agreement as a condition to the purchase of a new home.