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Texas Homebuyer/Consumer Bills Filed: Aoilishment of TRCC, Lemon etc.Builder Licensing Bill
Saturday, 21 March 2009

Category

Bill Number

Bill Author

Companion

Description

TRCC

 

HB 0311

Leibowitz

 

 

 

removes all fees paid by the homeowner under the TRCC
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 0981
See
HB 3182

Thompson

 

REV. HB 3182 

creates a home lemon law
EXCELLENT 

TRCC

HB 1635

Smith, T.

 

 

abolishes the TRCC 
EXCELLENT

TRCC

 

HB 1653

 

Veasey

 

 

creates optional licensing for home builders (has an amendable caption)
Optional - Bill requires no proof of financial responsibility. 
Benefit: the home buying public would have a choice of doing business with a builder meeting minimum educational, knowledge and experience requirements.

TRCC

 

HB 1854

 

Davis, J

 

 

creates required registration for roofers (but not for new construction) & requires $500,000 in liability coverage.  Allows Dept of Lic & Reg to create min experience req'ts
Exemption for new home construction promotes use of unskilled roofing labor

TRCC

 

HB 2095

 

Farrar

 

 

TRCC omnibus-no fees, bond reqt, Star Builder mandatory, extra grounds for disciplinary action
EXCELLENT: Revision to TRCC provides regulation including financial responsibility and requirements to demonstrate knowledge of the homebuilding trade by a builder.   Bill contains consumer protections for new homebuyers, to provide financial recovery for defects if not repaired by Builder.  Bill provides incentive for homebuilder to build homes correctly and defect free to provide better assurance of less dependence on a new home warranty.

TRCC

 

HB 2223

 

Parker

 

 

exempts a homeowner from the TRCC once his home warranty has been expired for more than 90 days
Regulates homebuyers and mandates homeowner file for State Inspection (SIRP)

TRCC

 

HB 2243

 

Leibowitz

 

 

abolishes TRCC & creates licensure for builders with testing, bonding, & liability insurance requirements
EXCELLENT

TRCC

 

HB 2295 

 

McClendon

 

SB 1015 by Hegar

 

TRCC Sunset bill

HB2295: Sunset Bill would empower the Builder’s TRCC agency the ability to Force Homeowner to Binding Mandatory Arbitration by law, giving homebuilder dominated agency "commission jurisdiction."

Bill provides no incentive or penalty for the builder to assure compliance with standards or that a new home is built correctly at the time of sale. Builders maintain and enjoy multiple opportunities and rights to make repairs.

Bill continues to mandate TRCC's current State Public Policy and authority that regulates homebuyers who purchase defective homes. Knowledge and financial responsibility remain optional or nonexistent for Texas homebuilders.

TRCC

HB 2695

Gattis

 

abolishes the TRCC
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 2699

McClendon

 

 

 

creates licensing for builders - exam & bonding

Very Good:  Lacks financial specificity and strong enforcement

TRCC

HB 2896

Leibowitz

 

requires builders to use TREC-promulgated contracts or contracts devised by the buyer EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3019

Leibowitz

 

reqs builder of a new home to give buyer all of the building plans
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3020

Leibowitz

 

reqs builder who buys back a lemon to provide full disclosure to the next person to buy the home
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3182

Thompson

 

revised Lemon Law bill
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3348

Gattis

 

makes it a misdemeanor to act as a builder without a registration (currently there's no penalty) EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3349

Gattis

 

adds to the list of things a builder can be disciplined for failing to finish a contracted job (but no until after a final judgment)
EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3629

Smith, T.

 

changes TRCC to a licensing agency, abolishes SIRP, requires bonding of builders, moves regulation of warranty companies to TDI EXCELLENT

TRCC

HB 3871

Veasey

 

creates an exec commissioner appt by Gov for TRCC, creates a recovery fund

TRCC

 

 

SB 1015

 

Hegar

 

HB 2295 by McClendon

 

TRCC Sunset bill
Fails to provide consumer protections for new homebuyers.

Bill would empower the Builder’s TRCC agency the ability to Force Homeowner to Binding Mandatory Arbitration by law, giving homebuilder dominated agency "commission jurisdiction."

Bill provides no incentive or penalty for the builder to assure compliance with standards or that a new home is built correctly at the time of sale. Builders maintain and enjoy multiple opportunities and rights to make repairs.

Bill continues to mandate TRCC's current State Public Policy and authority that regulates homebuyers who purchase defective homes. Knowledge and financial responsibility remain optional or nonexistent for Texas homebuilders.

TRCC

HB 3826

Leibowitz

 

if a builder hires undocumented workers AND builds 100+ houses per year, it can't force homeowners into TRCC
EXCELLENT

  

 

 

 

 

 

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