HomeLatest NewsFeatured HomebuildersHome Buyer ResourcesBinding ArbitrationResource LinksSubmit ComplaintsView ComplaintsTake Action 101!Report Mortgage FraudMortgage Fraud NewsForeclosure NewsConstruction DefectsHome DefectsPhoto GalleryFoundation ProblemsHomeowner Website LinksHOA Reform

HUD FEATURE
1981 - 2015 HUD's
Legacy of Scandals

HOBB-Over 1M visits monthly
Daily Visitors Over 37,000
 Highest Daily 70,723

Main Menu
Home
Latest News
Featured Homebuilders
Home Buyer Resources
Binding Arbitration
Resource Links
Submit Complaints
View Complaints
Take Action 101!
Report Mortgage Fraud
Mortgage Fraud News
Foreclosure News
Construction Defects
Home Defects
Photo Gallery
Foundation Problems
Homeowner Website Links
HOA Reform
Featured Topics
Builder Death Spiral
Report Mortgage Fraud
Foreclosure Special Report
Mold & New Home Guide
Special News Reports
Centex & Habitability
How Fast Can They Build Them?
TRCC Editorial
Texas TRCC Scandal
Texas Watch - Tell Lawmakers
TRCC Recommendations
Sandra Bullock
People's Lawyer
Prevent Nightmare Homes
Choice Homes
Smart Money
Weekly Update Message
HOBB Archives
About HOBB
Contact Us
Fair Use Notice
Legislative Work
Your House

 HOBB News Alerts
and Updates

Click Here to Subscribe

Support HOBB - Become a Sustaining Member
Who's Online
We have 1 guest online
ABC Special Report
Investigation: New Home Heartbreak
Trump - NAHB Homebuilders Shoddy Construction and Forced Arbitration

Property Rights Denied!
Protecting HOA Members' Rights is NOT The #1 Priority
of Managed Communities
The High Price of Managed Living, Books and Records Hidden
gives appearances of impropriety
Editorial Feature: Part One - Are Homeowners' Rights a Myth? 

Part Two: HOA Bureaucrats Overstep Their Authority

Sunset Bill HB 2295
Sunday, 19 April 2009

Substitute HB2295

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Residential Construction Commission; providing penalties.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1.  Chapter 27, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 27.0021 to read as follows:

Sec. 27.0021.  TIME FOR CERTAIN OFFERS AND ELECTIONS BY BUILDER.  In a dispute subject to Subtitle D, Title 16, if a party to the dispute is authorized to file an action described by Section 426.005(a) before a recommendation is issued by a third-party inspector, before a ruling on an appeal of a third-party inspector's report, or before the expiration of the mediation period under Section 428A.004, a builder may make a written offer of settlement to the claimant under Sections 27.004(b) and (c) or an election to purchase the residence under Section 27.0042 not later than the 15th day after the earliest date on which the action may be filed under Section 426.005(g) or 428A.004(b).

SECTION 2.  Section 27.003(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  In an action to recover damages or other relief arising from a construction defect:

(1)  a contractor is not liable for any percentage of damages caused by:

(A)  negligence of a person other than the contractor or an agent, employee, or subcontractor of the contractor;

(B)  failure of a person other than the contractor or an agent, employee, or subcontractor of the contractor to:

(i)  take reasonable action to mitigate the damages; or

(ii)  take reasonable action to maintain the residence;

(C)  normal wear, tear, or deterioration;

(D)  normal shrinkage due to drying or settlement of construction components within the tolerance of building standards; or

(E)  the contractor's reliance on written information relating to the residence, appurtenance, or real property on which the residence and appurtenance are affixed that was obtained from official government records, if the written information was false or inaccurate and the contractor did not know and could not reasonably have known of the falsity or inaccuracy of the information;  and

(2)  if an assignee of the claimant or a person subrogated to the rights of a claimant fails to provide the contractor with the written notice and opportunity to inspect and offer to repair required by Section 27.004 or fails to request an [state-sponsored] inspection [and dispute resolution] under Chapter 428, if applicable, before performing repairs, the contractor is not liable for the cost of any repairs or any percentage of damages caused by repairs made to a construction defect at the request of an assignee of the claimant or a person subrogated to the rights of a claimant by a person other than the contractor or an agent, employee, or subcontractor of the contractor.

SECTION 3.  Sections 27.004(c) and (l), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(c)  If compliance with Subtitle D, Title 16, or the giving of the notice under Subsections (a) and (b) within the period prescribed by those subsections is impracticable because of the necessity of initiating an action at an earlier date to prevent expiration of the statute of limitations or if the complaint is asserted as a counterclaim, compliance with Subtitle D, Title 16, or the notice is not required.  However, the action or counterclaim shall specify in reasonable detail each construction defect that is the subject of the complaint.  If Subtitle D, Title 16, applies to the complaint, simultaneously with the filing of an action by a claimant, the claimant must submit a request under Section 428.001.  If Subtitle D, Title 16, does not apply, the inspection provided for by Subsection (a) may be made not later than the 75th day after the date of service of the suit, request for arbitration, or counterclaim on the contractor, and the offer provided for by Subsection (b) may be made not later than the 15th day after the date the [state-sponsored] inspection [and dispute resolution] process under Chapter 428 is completed, if Subtitle D, Title 16, applies, or not later than the 60th day after the date of service, if Subtitle D, Title 16, does not apply.  If, while an action subject to this chapter is pending, the statute of limitations for the cause of action would have expired and it is determined that the provisions of Subsection (a) were not properly followed, the action shall be abated to allow compliance with Subsections (a) and (b).

(l)  If Subtitle D, Title 16, applies to the claim and the contractor's offer of repair is accepted by the claimant, the contractor, on completion of the repairs and in accordance with Section 428.0041 [at the contractor's expense], shall engage the third-party inspector who provided the recommendation regarding the construction defect involved in the claim to inspect the repairs and determine whether the residence, as repaired, complies with the applicable limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards adopted by the commission.  [The contractor is entitled to a reasonable period not to exceed 15 days to address minor cosmetic items that are necessary to fully complete the repairs.]  The determination of the third-party inspector of whether the repairs comply with the applicable limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards adopted by the commission establishes a rebuttable presumption on that issue.  A party seeking to dispute, vacate, or overcome that presumption must establish by clear and convincing evidence that the determination is inconsistent with the applicable limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards.

SECTION 4.  Section 41.007(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  A contract for improvements to an existing residence described by Section 41.001(b)(3) must contain:

(1)  the contractor's license [certificate of registration] number from the Texas Residential Construction Commission if the contractor is required to be licensed [register] as a builder by [with] the commission;

(2)  the address and telephone number at which the owner may file a complaint with the Texas Residential Construction Commission about the conduct of the contractor if the contractor is required to be licensed [register] as a builder by [with] the commission; and

(3)  the following warning conspicuously printed, stamped, or typed in a size equal to at least 10-point bold type or computer equivalent:

"IMPORTANT NOTICE:  You and your contractor are responsible for meeting the terms and conditions of this contract.  If you sign this contract and you fail to meet the terms and conditions of this contract, you may lose your legal ownership rights in your home.  KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND DUTIES UNDER THE LAW."

SECTION 5.  Chapter 401, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 401.0011 to read as follows:

Sec. 401.0011.  PURPOSE; TEXAS RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION.  (a)  The Texas Residential Construction Commission oversees persons required to be licensed by the commission to ensure that those persons are responsible and accountable to the homeowners with whom they contract.

(b)  The commission's mission includes:

(1)  educating builders and homeowners about all aspects of the residential construction industry affecting the building or remodeling of homes; and

(2)  facilitating resolution of disputes between builders and homeowners regarding construction defects through the state inspection program and through a voluntary mediation program.

SECTION 6.  Section 401.002, Property Code, is amended by amending Subdivisions (3) and (4) and adding Subdivision (11-a) to read as follows:

(3)  "Approved architect" means an architect licensed by this state and approved by the commission to provide services to the commission in connection with the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process].

(4)  "Approved structural engineer" means a licensed professional engineer approved by the commission to provide services to the commission in connection with the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process].

(11-a)  "State inspection program" means the program administered by the commission under Subtitle D under which homes are inspected to determine whether alleged construction defects exist and inspectors issue determinations and recommendations regarding the alleged defects.

SECTION 7.  Section 401.003(d), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(d)  The term does not include a nonprofit business entity that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code, if:

(1)  the construction or supervision or management of the construction of the home, material improvement, or improvement sold by the nonprofit business entity is performed by a builder licensed [registered] under this title;

(2)  the builder contractually agrees to comply with the provisions of this title;

(3)  the builder is contractually liable to the homeowner for the warranties and building and performance standards of this title; and

(4)  the nonprofit business entity does not participate directly in the construction of the home, material improvement, or improvement.

SECTION 8.  Section 401.005, Property Code, is amended by amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (d) to read as follows:

(c)  Except as provided by Subsection (d), a person [An individual] who builds a home, [or] a material improvement to a home, or an improvement to the interior of an existing home when the cost of the work exceeds $10,000 and sells the home immediately following completion of the building or remodeling and does not live in the home for at least one year following completion of the building or remodeling, is responsible as a builder under the warranty obligation created by this title for work completed by the person [individual].  Responsibility under this subsection requires a person [does not automatically require an individual] to obtain a license [register] under Section 416.001.

(d)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c), this title does not apply to an individual who:

(1)  improves the individual's homestead by improving the interior of an existing home that is the individual's primary residence when the cost of the work exceeds $10,000; and

(2)  sells the home and does not live in the home for at least one year following the completion of the improvement.

SECTION 9.  Section 401.006, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 401.006.  SUNSET PROVISION.  The Texas Residential Construction Commission is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the commission is abolished and this title expires September 1, 2015 [2009].

SECTION 10.  Sections 401.007(a), (b), and (c), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  The [If the] commission [has reasonable cause to believe that a person is violating a statute to which this chapter applies, the commission, in addition to any other authorized action,] may issue an emergency order, including an emergency order to cease and desist, to any person regardless of whether the person is a builder licensed under this title [from the violation or an order to take affirmative action, or both], to enforce a statute to which this chapter applies if the commission determines that an emergency exists requiring immediate action to protect the public health and safety or if the commission has reasonable cause to believe that a person is violating a statute to which this chapter applies.  The commission may issue the emergency order without notice and hearing or with any notice and hearing the commission considers practicable under the circumstances [compliance].  A person may appeal the order directly to district court in accordance with Chapter 2001, Government Code.

(b)  The [Before issuing an order under this section, the] commission shall set the time and place and give notice for a hearing to affirm, modify, or set aside an emergency order that was issued without a hearing [of a hearing before a hearings officer].  The hearing is governed by Chapter 2001, Government Code.  Based on the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations of the hearings officer, the commission by order may find whether a violation has occurred.

(c)  The commission, after providing notice and an opportunity to appear for a hearing, may impose against a person who violates an emergency [a cease and desist] order an administrative penalty in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each day of violation.  In addition to any other remedy provided by law, the attorney general or the commission may institute in district court a suit for injunctive relief and to collect an administrative penalty.  A bond is not required of the commission with respect to injunctive relief granted under this section.  In the action, the court may enter as proper an order awarding a preliminary or final injunction.

SECTION 11.  Chapter 401, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 401.008 to read as follows:

Sec. 401.008.  REFERENCES TO REGISTRATION.  Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, a reference in this title to a registered builder means a licensed builder.  A reference in this title to a certificate of registration held by a builder under this title means a license.

SECTION 12.  Sections 406.001(a) and (c), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  The Texas Residential Construction Commission consists of 11 [nine] members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate as follows:

(1)  four members must be builders who each hold a license [certificate of registration] under Chapter 416;

(2)  four [three] members must be representatives of the general public;

(3)  one member must be a licensed professional engineer who practices in the area of residential construction; [and]

(4)  one member must be [either] a licensed architect who practices in the area of residential construction; and

(5)  one member must be [or] a building inspector who meets the requirements set forth in Chapter 427 and practices in the area of residential construction.

(c)  A person may not be a public member of the commission if the person or the person's spouse:

(1)  is a builder licensed by [registered with] the commission, or is otherwise registered, certified, or licensed by a regulatory agency in the field of residential construction;

(2)  is employed by or participates in the management of a business entity or other organization regulated by or receiving money from the commission;

(3)  owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than a 10 percent interest in a business entity or other organization regulated by or receiving money from the commission; or

(4)  uses or receives a substantial amount of tangible goods, services, or money from the commission other than compensation or reimbursement authorized by law for commission membership, attendance, or expenses.

SECTION 13.  Section 406.002(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, with three or four members' terms expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year.  The terms of three of the builder representatives must expire in different odd-numbered years.  The terms [term] of three [one] of the representatives of the general public must expire in different [each] odd-numbered years [year].

SECTION 14.  Section 408.001, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 408.001.  RULES.  The commission shall adopt rules as necessary for the implementation of this title, including rules:

(1)  governing the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process], including building and performance standards, administrative regulations, and the conduct of hearings under Subtitle D;

(2)  establishing limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards for residential construction;

(3)  approving third-party warranty companies; and

(4)  approving third-party inspectors.

SECTION 15.  Section 408.002(c), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(c)  The commission may charge a reasonable fee for:

(1)  a homeowner to submit a request for [state-sponsored] inspection under Subtitle D;

(2)  providing public information requested under Chapter 552, Government Code, excluding information requested from the commission under Section 409.001; or

(3)  producing, mailing, and distributing special printed materials and publications generated in bulk by the commission for use and distribution by builders.

SECTION 16.  Chapter 408, Property Code, is amended by adding Sections 408.006 and 408.007 to read as follows:

Sec. 408.006.  USE OF TECHNOLOGY.  The commission shall implement a policy requiring the commission to use appropriate technological solutions to improve the commission's ability to perform its functions.  The policy must ensure that the public is able to interact with the commission on the Internet.

Sec. 408.007.  NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES.  (a)  The commission shall develop and implement a policy to encourage the use of:

(1)  negotiated rulemaking procedures under Chapter 2008, Government Code, for the adoption of commission rules; and

(2)  appropriate alternative dispute resolution procedures under Chapter 2009, Government Code, to assist in the resolution of internal and external disputes under the commission's jurisdiction.

(b)  The commission's procedures relating to alternative dispute resolution must conform, to the extent possible, to any model guidelines issued by the State Office of Administrative Hearings for the use of alternative dispute resolution by state agencies.

(c)  The commission shall designate a trained person to:

(1)  coordinate the implementation of the policy adopted under Subsection (a);

(2)  serve as a resource for any training needed to implement the procedures for negotiated rulemaking or alternative dispute resolution; and

(3)  collect data concerning the effectiveness of those procedures, as implemented by the commission.

SECTION 17.  Section 409.001(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  The commission shall prepare information of public interest describing the functions of the commission, the provisions of the limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards, the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process], and the procedures by which complaints or requests are filed with and resolved by the commission.

SECTION 18.  Section 409.0011(b), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(b)  The commission shall create and make accessible to the public an electronic list and a hard-copy list of builders who:

(1)  are licensed by [registered with] the commission; and

(2)  provide in this state building services, including accessible floor plans, to persons with mobility-related special needs.

SECTION 19.  Section 409.004, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 409.004.  DIRECTORY OF BUILDERS AND CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING BUILDERS(a)  The commission shall make available to the public a list of each builder who holds a license [certificate of registration] issued under Chapter 416.

(b)  The commission shall post information on the commission's Internet website regarding the number of complaints the commission receives during a calendar year regarding a builder that are justified, expressed as a percentage of the total number of homes registered by the builder during the calendar year.  A complaint is justified if the complaint is closed and the commission has taken disciplinary action against the builder.  The commission shall update annually the information required by this subsection.

SECTION 20.  The heading to Subtitle C, Title 16, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

SUBTITLE C.  BUILDER LICENSING [REGISTRATION]

SECTION 21.  The heading to Chapter 416, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 416.  LICENSE [CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION]

SECTION 22.  Section 416.001, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.001.  LICENSE [REGISTRATION] REQUIRED; RULES; OFFENSE(a)  Notwithstanding any other law, a [A] person may not engage in business as a builder in this state or act as a builder unless the person holds a license [certificate of registration] under this chapter.

(b)  The commission shall adopt all rules necessary to implement the licensing program under this chapter, including rules relating to:

(1)  license eligibility, subject to the requirements of this chapter;

(2)  renewal requirements, examination requirements, and continuing education requirements for license holders;

(3)  security and insurance requirements;

(4)  disciplinary actions; and

(5)  any other issues as determined necessary by the commission.

(c)  A person commits an offense if the person violates Subsection (a).  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

SECTION 23.  The heading to Section 416.002, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.002.  LICENSE APPLICATION [FOR CERTIFICATE].

SECTION 24.  Sections 416.002(a) and (e), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  An applicant for an original or renewal license [certificate of registration] must submit an application on a form prescribed by the commission.

(e)  Based on a commission investigation of an alleged violation of Sections 418.001(14)-(20) [418.001(a)(14)-(20)], the commission may require an applicant for renewal of a license [certificate of registration] to disclose to the commission every person with an ownership interest in the applicant's business as a builder.  This subsection does not apply to a publicly traded company.

SECTION 25.  Section 416.004(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  The commission shall charge and collect:

(1)  a filing fee for an application for an original license [certificate of registration] that does not exceed $500;

(2)  a fee for renewal of a license [certificate of registration] that does not exceed $300; and

(3)  a late fee that does not exceed the amount of the fee due if payment of a license [registration] application or renewal fee due under this title is late.

SECTION 26.  Section 416.005, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.005.  GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.  (a)  A person may not receive an original license [a certificate of registration] under this chapter unless:

(1)  the person, at the time of the application:

(A)  is at least 18 years of age; and

(B)  is a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien; [and]

(2)  the commission is satisfied with the person's honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity based on information supplied or discovered in connection with the person's application; and

(3)  the person complies with Subsection (b).

(b)  To receive an original license, the person must complete an eight-hour course, one hour of which must address ethics and two hours of which must address:

(1)  limited statutory warranties;

(2)  building and performance standards;

(3)  requirements of the International Residential Code as adopted under Section 430.001; and

(4)  other statutes and rules that apply to builders under this title.

SECTION 27.  Chapter 416, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 416.0051 to read as follows:

Sec. 416.0051.  BOND REQUIREMENT.  (a)  In addition to the requirements for the issuance of an original license under Section 416.005, before an original license may be issued, the person to whom the license is to be issued must file with the commission a surety bond approved by the commission that is:

(1)  in the amount of $25,000;

(2)  payable to the commission; and

(3)  for the benefit of a party who suffers damages arising from the license holder's violation of this title.

(b)  The security required by this section must be maintained by the license holder in the required amount as a condition of licensure.

SECTION 28.  Section 416.006, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.006.  ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESS ENTITIES.  (a)  To be eligible for an original or renewal license [certificate of registration] under this chapter:

(1)  a corporation, other than a nonprofit corporation, must designate one of its officers as its agent for the purposes of this chapter;

(2)  a limited liability company must designate one of its managers as its agent for the purposes of this chapter; [and]

(3)  a partnership, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership must designate one of its managing partners as its agent for the purposes of this chapter; and

(4)  a nonprofit corporation must designate one of its officers or executive-level administrators as its agent for the purposes of this chapter.

(b)  A corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership is not eligible to hold a license [be registered] under this chapter and may not act as a builder unless the entity's designated agent is individually licensed [registered] as a builder.

SECTION 29.  Chapter 416, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 416.0061 to read as follows:

Sec. 416.0061.  EXAMINATION.  (a)  Except as otherwise provided by this section and effective September 1, 2011, each applicant for an original individual license under this chapter must take a licensing examination prescribed by the commission.  An applicant is entitled to take the examination prescribed by the commission if:

(1)  the commission determines that the applicant meets the qualifications required by this chapter; and

(2)  the applicant pays the fees required by the commission.

(b)  Each examination administered under this section must be prepared by the commission or by a multistate contractor licensing association approved by the commission. The commission shall ensure that the examination is administered in various locations throughout the state.

(c)  The examination must be designed to determine the fitness of the applicant to engage in business as a builder in this state.

(d)  A person who, immediately before January 1, 2010, held a certificate of registration issued by the commission or who immediately before September 1, 2011, held a license issued by the commission is eligible for a license without satisfying the examination requirement of this section if the commission determines that the person's certificate or license was active and in good standing.  If the person's certificate was not active or was not in good standing as of December 31, 2009, or the person's license was not active or was not in good standing as of August 31, 2011, the person is required to satisfy the examination requirement.  This subsection expires December 31, 2014.

SECTION 30.  Section 416.007, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.007.  LICENSE ISSUANCE [OF CERTIFICATE].  (a)  Not later than the 15th day after the date the commission receives an application from an applicant who meets the requirements of this chapter, the commission shall issue an original or provisional license, as appropriate, [a certificate of registration] to the applicant.  A builder who holds a provisional license may operate as a builder under this chapter.

(b)  Except as provided by Section 416.0071, the license [The certificate of registration] remains in effect for the period prescribed by the commission if the license [certificate] holder complies with this chapter and pays the appropriate renewal fees.

(c)  The commission shall issue one license [certificate of registration] for each business entity licensed [registered] under this chapter.

SECTION 31.  Chapter 416, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 416.0071 to read as follows:

Sec. 416.0071.  PROVISIONAL LICENSE.  (a)  The commission may grant a provisional license to an applicant for a license in this state who:

(1)  has been licensed or registered in good standing to engage in business as a builder for at least two years in another jurisdiction that has licensing or registration requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of this title;

(2)  is currently licensed or registered in that jurisdiction; and

(3)  has passed a national or other examination recognized by the commission.

(b)  The commission shall issue a provisional license to a person who satisfies the requirements of Section 416.005(a) but who has not completed the course required by Section 416.005(b).

(c)  A provisional license under Subsection (a) is valid for six months from the date of issuance.

(d)  A provisional license under Subsection (b) is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.  The commission shall issue an original license to the holder of a provisional license under Subsection (b) if the person completes the required course on or before the 30th day after the date the provisional license was issued.

SECTION 32.  The heading to Section 416.008, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.008.  DENIAL OF LICENSE [REGISTRATION].

SECTION 33.  Section 416.008(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  If the commission denies an application for an original license [certificate of registration] or a renewal application, the commission shall give written notice to the applicant not later than the 15th day after the date the commission receives the application.

SECTION 34.  Section 416.009, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 416.009.  LICENSE EXPIRATION [OF CERTIFICATE].  (a)  The commission may issue or renew a license, other than a provisional license, [certificate of registration] for a period that does not exceed 24 months.

(b)  The commission by rule may adopt a system under which licenses [certificates of registration] expire on several dates during the year.  The commission shall adjust the date for payment of renewal fees accordingly.

(c)  In a year in which the expiration date for a license [certificate of registration] is changed, the renewal fee payable shall be prorated on a monthly basis so that the license [certificate] holder pays only that portion of the fee that is allocable to the number of months during which the license [certificate of registration] is valid.  On renewal of the license [certificate of registration] on the new expiration date, the total renewal fee is payable.

SECTION 35.  Sections 416.010(a), (b), (c), and (d), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  A builder shall maintain a fixed office location in this state.  The address of the builder's principal place of business must be designated on the license [certificate of registration].

(b)  Not later than the 30th day after the date a builder moves from the address designated on the license [certificate of registration], the builder shall submit an application, accompanied by the appropriate fee, for a license [certificate of registration] that designates the new location of the builder's principal place of business.  The commission shall issue a license [certificate of registration] that designates the new location if the new location complies with the requirements of this section.

(c)  If a builder operates under any name other than the name that is set forth on the builder's license [certificate of registration], the builder shall, within 45 days of operating under this other name, disclose this other name to the commission.

(d)  This section does not require a builder to obtain a license [certificate of registration] for each sales office.

SECTION 36.  Sections 416.012(a), (c), (d), and (e), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  The commission shall recognize or administer continuing education programs for builders licensed [registered] by the commission.  A licensed [registered] builder must participate in the programs to the extent required by this section to maintain the builder's license [registration].

(c)  A builder who is licensed with the commission [registered before September 1, 2007, and all other builders who register for the first time on or after September 1, 2007, and satisfy the requirements of Subsection (b),] must complete 16 [five] hours of continuing education every two [five] years, one hour of which must address ethics and may not be completed by self-directed study.

(d)  The commission shall permit a licensed [registered] builder to receive continuing education credit for educational, technical, ethical, or professional management activities related to the practice of residential construction, including:

(1)  successfully completing or auditing a course sponsored by an institution of higher education;

(2)  successfully completing a course certified by a professional or trade organization;

(3)  attending a seminar, tutorial, short course, correspondence course, videotaped course, or televised course on the practice of residential construction;

(4)  participating in an in-house course sponsored by a corporation or other business entity;

(5)  teaching a course described by Subdivisions (1)-(4);

(6)  publishing an article, paper, or book on the practice of residential construction;

(7)  making or attending a presentation at a meeting of a residential or builder association or organization or writing a paper presented at the meeting;

(8)  participating in the activities of a residential or builder association, including serving on a committee of the organization;  and

(9)  engaging in self-directed study on the practice of residential construction.

(e)  A licensed [registered] builder may not receive more than two continuing education credit hours during each two-year [five-year] period for engaging in self-directed study.

SECTION 37.  Section 417.003(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  The commission shall charge and collect:

(1)  a filing fee for an application for certification under this chapter that does not exceed $100;

(2)  a fee for renewal of a certification under this chapter that does not exceed $50; and

(3)  a late fee that does not exceed the amount of the fee due if payment of a certification [registration] or application fee due under this title is late.

SECTION 38.  Section 418.001, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 418.001.  GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION.  A person, including a builder or a person who is designated as a builder's agent under Section 416.006, or a person who owns or controls a majority ownership interest in the builder is subject to disciplinary action under this chapter for:

(1)  fraud or deceit in obtaining a license, registration, or certification under this subtitle;

(2)  misappropriation or misapplication of trust funds in the practice of residential construction, including a violation of Chapter 32, Penal Code, or Chapter 162, if found by a final nonappealable court judgment;

(3)  naming false consideration in a contract to sell a new home or in a construction contract;

(4)  discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or ancestry;

(5)  publishing a false or misleading advertisement;

(6)  failure to honor, within a reasonable time, a check issued to the commission, or any other instrument of payment, including a credit or debit card or electronic funds transfer, after the commission has sent by certified mail a request for payment to the person's last known business address, according to commission records;

(7)  failure to pay an administrative penalty assessed by the commission under Chapter 419 or a fee due under Chapter 426;

(8)  failure to pay a final nonappealable court judgment arising from a construction defect or other transaction between the person and a homeowner;

(9)  failure to register a home as required by Section 426.003;

(10)  failure to remit the fee for registration of a home under Section 426.003;

(11)  failure to reimburse a homeowner the amount ordered by the commission as provided by Section 428.004(d);

(12)  engaging in statutory or common-law fraud or misappropriation of funds, as determined by the commission after a hearing under Section 418.003;

(13)  a [repeated] failure to participate in the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process] if required by this title;

(14)  failure to obtain a license [register as a builder] as required under Chapter 416;

(15)  using or attempting to use a license [certificate of registration] that has expired or that has been revoked;

(16)  falsely representing that the person holds a license [certificate of registration] issued under Chapter 416;

(17)  acting as a builder using a name other than the name or names disclosed to the commission;

(18)  aiding, abetting, or conspiring with a person who does not hold a license [certificate of registration] to evade the provisions of this title or rules adopted under this title, if found by a final nonappealable court judgment;

(19)  allowing the person's license [certificate of registration] to be used by another person;

(20)  acting as an agent, partner, or associate of a person who does not hold a license [certificate of registration] with the intent to evade the provisions of this title or rules adopted under this title;

(21)  a failure to reasonably perform on an accepted offer to repair or a [repeated] failure to make an offer to repair based on:

(A)  the recommendation of a third-party inspector under Section 428.004; or

(B)  the final holding of an appeal under Chapter 429;

(22)  a [repeated] failure to respond to a commission request for information;

(23)  a failure to obtain a building permit required by a political subdivision before constructing a new home or an improvement to an existing home;

(24)  abandoning, without justification, any home improvement contract or new home construction project engaged in or undertaken by the person, if found to have done so by a final, nonappealable court judgment;

(25)  a [repeated] failure to comply with the requirements of Subtitle F; [or]

(26)  a failure to comply with the reporting requirements of Section 428.006;

(27)  a failure to substantially complete all the obligations under an express contract for construction without reasonable grounds for the failure, if found to have done so by a final, nonappealable court judgment;

(28)  a failure to comply with a commission rule related to the duties and obligations of a third-party inspector under Chapter 427; or

(29)  otherwise violating this title or a commission rule adopted under this title.

SECTION 39.  Sections 418.002(a) and (c), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  On a determination that a ground for disciplinary action under Section 418.001 exists, the commission may:

(1)  revoke or suspend a license [registration] or certification [in the event of repeated prior violations that have resulted in disciplinary action];

(2)  probate the suspension of a license [registration] or certification;

(3)  formally or informally reprimand a licensed [registered] or certified person; [or]

(4)  impose an administrative penalty under Chapter 419; or

(5)  prohibit an individual from acting as a builder under this title, from acting as a contractor, as defined by Section 27.001, or from owning or operating a company that supplies goods or services to a builder or contractor for a period of time and under conditions determined by the commission.

(c)  For purposes of Section 418.001(12), the commission may not conduct a hearing or revoke or suspend a license [registration] or certification unless the determination of statutory or common-law fraud or misappropriation of funds has been made in a final nonappealable judgment by a court.

SECTION 40.  Section 418.004(c), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(c)  An appeal to a district court of a final decision of the commission under this section regarding a revocation or suspension of a license [registration] or certification is determined by substantial evidence.

SECTION 41.  Section 419.004, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 419.004.  ENFORCEMENT OF PENALTY.  If a person does not pay an administrative penalty imposed under this chapter and enforcement of the penalty is not stayed, the commission may:

(1)  refer the matter to the attorney general for collection of the penalty; or

(2)  enforce any part of the order that specifies disciplinary action to be taken against the licensed [registered] or certified person if the licensed [registered] or certified person fails to pay the administrative penalty within the time prescribed.

SECTION 42.  Section 420.001, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 420.001.  REQUIRED WRITTEN DISCLOSURE.  In a contract for the construction of a new home or an improvement to an existing home required to be registered under Section 426.003, the contract must contain a notice to the consumer in at least 10-point bold type or the computer equivalent that gives the telephone number of the commission and states:

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT A PERSON HOLD A LICENSE [CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION] FROM THE TEXAS RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION IF THE PERSON CONTRACTS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW HOME OR IF THE PERSON CONTRACTS TO CONSTRUCT A MATERIAL IMPROVEMENT TO AN EXISTING HOME OR CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INTERIOR OF AN EXISTING HOME AND THE TOTAL COST OF THE IMPROVEMENT IS $10,000 OR MORE (INCLUDING LABOR AND MATERIALS).

YOU MAY CONTACT THE COMMISSION AT [insert commission's telephone number] TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE BUILDER HAS A VALID LICENSE [CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION]. THE COMMISSION HAS INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE HISTORY OF BUILDERS, INCLUDING SUSPENSIONS, REVOCATIONS, COMPLAINTS, AND RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS.

THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO CHAPTER 426, PROPERTY CODE.  THE PROVISIONS OF THAT CHAPTER GOVERN THE PROCESS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVENT A DISPUTE ARISES OUT OF AN ALLEGED CONSTRUCTION DEFECT.  IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT CONCERNING A CONSTRUCTION DEFECT YOU MAY CONTACT THE COMMISSION AT THE TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER TO LEARN HOW TO PROCEED UNDER THE STATE [STATE-SPONSORED] INSPECTION PROGRAM [AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS].

SECTION 43.  Section 420.002, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 420.002.  REQUIRED CONTRACT PROVISIONS.  In a contract for the construction of a new home or an improvement to an existing home required to be registered under Section 426.003, the contract is not enforceable against a homeowner unless the contract:

(1)  contains the builder's name and license [certificate of registration] number; and

(2)  contains the notice required by Section 420.001.

SECTION 44.  Section 420.003, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 420.003.  BINDING ARBITRATION CONTRACT PROVISION.  (a)  In a contract for the construction of a new home or the improvement of an existing home required to be registered under Section 426.003 and that contains a provision requiring the parties to submit a dispute arising under the contract to binding arbitration, or in any agreement related to the contract that requires the parties to submit a dispute to arbitration, the provision requiring the submission of a dispute to arbitration must be prominently displayed in the document and conspicuously printed or typed in a size equal to at least 12-point [10-point] bold type or the computer equivalent.

(b)  A written arbitration agreement to arbitrate a controversy that exists at the time of the agreement that is entered into in connection with a contract described by Subsection (a)  must include a statement, initialed by each party to the agreement, stating that the party has chosen to arbitrate a controversy that exists at the time of the agreement.  A written arbitration agreement to arbitrate a controversy that arises between the parties after the date of the agreement that is a provision of a contract described by Subsection (a), or an agreement entered into in connection with the contract, must include a statement, initialed by each party to the agreement, stating that the party has chosen to arbitrate a controversy that arises between the parties after the date of the agreement.

(c)  A party to a contract described by Subsection (a) may not require any other party to the contract to agree to arbitration as a condition of the contract.

(d)  A contract provision or agreement described by this section [Subsection (a)] is not enforceable against the homeowner unless the requirements of this section [Subsection (a)] are met.

SECTION 45.  Subtitle C, Title 16, Property Code, is amended by adding Chapter 421 to read as follows:

CHAPTER 421.  HOMEOWNER RECOVERY FUND

Sec. 421.001.  DEFINITIONS.  In this chapter:

(1)  "Fund" means the homeowner recovery fund.

(2)  "Fund account" means the account established for the deposit of money held by the fund.

Sec. 421.002.  LEGISLATIVE INTENT.  The legislature intends that the fund serve as a resource of last resort for homeowners who are unable to collect damages from a builder arising from the builder's violation of this title or to get a confirmed construction defect repaired by a builder.

Sec. 421.003.  FUND ESTABLISHED.  The homeowner recovery fund is established.

Sec. 421.004.  ACCOUNT.  (a)  The fund account is established with the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in accordance with procedures adopted by the comptroller.  The comptroller shall account for the deposited money separately from all other money.

(b)  The comptroller shall annually transfer to the credit of the fund account 10 percent of each administrative penalty collected under Chapter 419.

(c)  Notwithstanding Sections 404.071 and 404.106, Government Code, the pro rata portion of interest earned by the trust company from money in the fund shall be allocated to the fund.

(d)  If the balance in the fund on December 31 of a year is more than $5 million, the commission shall transfer the excess amount from the fund to the comptroller for deposit into the general revenue fund.

(e)  The commission shall notify the comptroller of the existence of money to be credited to the fund account under this section.  The commissioner must enter an order to transfer amounts from the fund account.

(f)  The comptroller shall transfer to the credit of the fund account any money collected by the commission during state fiscal year 2010 that exceeds the commission's direct and indirect operating costs.  This subsection expires September 1, 2011.

Sec. 421.005.  CLAIM FOR PAYMENT FROM ACCOUNT.  (a)  A homeowner who participates in the state inspection process in connection with a request filed under Section 428.001 or engages in mediation under Section 428A.004 and sustains damages arising from a builder's violation of this title is entitled to payment from the fund if the homeowner:

(1)  obtains a court judgment against a builder for damages arising from the violation for which execution is returned without a satisfaction of the total amount of the judgment and perfects a judgment lien for the unsatisfied amount;

(2)  in a bankruptcy proceeding involving the builder, proves a claim against the builder for damages arising from the builder's violation of this title that is disallowed or rendered uncollectible by an order or other final ruling of the bankruptcy court; or

(3)  proves in accordance with rules adopted by the commission that:

(A)  the homeowner sustained damages arising from the builder's violation of this title, including court costs and reasonable attorney's fees, of not more than $10,000;

(B)  the builder has not offered to repair or has failed to repair the construction defect or otherwise resolve the dispute arising from the construction defect; and

(C)  the damages are uncollectible from the builder without pursuing a civil action against the builder.

(b)  After receiving a request for payment from the fund under Subsection (a)(3), the commission shall hold a hearing to determine whether the person who makes the request is entitled to payment and, if so, the amount of the payment to which the person is entitled.

(c)  A person entitled to payment under this section may collect only the lesser of:

(1)  the amount of actual damages awarded or proven that the person was unable to collect from the builder; or

(2)  $75,000.

SECTION 46.  The heading to Subtitle D, Title 16, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

SUBTITLE D.  STATE [STATE-SPONSORED] INSPECTION PROGRAM [AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS]; STATUTORY WARRANTY AND BUILDING AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

SECTION 47.  Section 426.003, Property Code, is amended by amending Subsections (a) and (b) and adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:

(a)  A builder shall register a new home with the commission on or before the 15th day of the month following the month in which the transfer of title from the builder to the homeowner occurs.  [The registration must include the information required by the commission by rule and be accompanied by the fee required by Subsection (c).]

(b)  A builder who enters a transaction governed by this title, other than the transfer of title of a new home from the builder to the seller, shall register the home involved in the transaction with the commission[.  The registration must:

[(1)  include the information required by the commission by rule;

[(2)  be accompanied by the fee required by Subsection (c); and

[(3)  be delivered to the commission] not later than the 15th day after the earlier of:

(1) [(A)]  the date of the substantial completion of the home or other residential construction project;

(2) [(B)]  the date the new home is occupied; or

(3) [(C)]  the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy or a certificate of completion.

(e)  A builder who registers a home or a residential construction project under Subsection (a) or (b) shall:

(1)  include the information required by the commission by rule;

(2)  state whether the registration concerns a new home, a material improvement to an existing home, or an improvement to the interior of an existing home when the cost of the work exceeds $10,000; and

(3)  pay the fee required by Subsection (c).

SECTION 48.  Section 426.004(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  A party who submits a request under this subtitle shall pay any amount required by the commission to offset [cover] the expense of the third-party inspector.

SECTION 49.  Section 426.005, Property Code, is amended by amending Subsections (b) and (f) and adding Subsections (g), (h), (i), and (j) to read as follows:

(b)  Except as provided by Subsections (g) and (h), an [An] action described by Subsection (a) must be filed:

(1)  on or before the expiration of any applicable statute of limitations or by the 45th day after the date the third-party inspector issues the inspector's recommendation, whichever is later;  or

(2)  if the recommendation is appealed, on or before the expiration of any applicable statute of limitations or by the 45th day after the date the commission issues its ruling on the appeal, whichever is later.

(f)  A homeowner is not required to comply with this subtitle if:

(1)  at the time a homeowner and a builder enter into a contract covered by this title the  builder was not licensed [registered]; or

(2)  the license [certificate of registration] of the builder has been revoked.

(g)  Except as provided by Subsection (h), an action described by Subsection (a) may be initiated by the homeowner or builder:

(1)  for a dispute involving workmanship and materials, on or after the 76th day after the date the request for a state inspection is submitted, except as provided by Subdivision (3);

(2)  for a dispute involving a structural matter, on or after the 91st day after the date the request for a state inspection is submitted, except as provided by Subdivision (3); or

(3)  if the third-party inspector's recommendation is appealed and a ruling on the appeal is not issued in the time prescribed by Section 429.001, on or after the day after the date the panel is required to issue the ruling under that section.

(h)  If a homeowner or builder causes a delay of more than five days in the completion of the inspection process under the state inspection program or any appeal under the program, the time required under Subsection (g) to initiate an action against the homeowner or builder who causes the delay is extended by the number of days of the delay.

(i)  An action filed under Subsection (g) must be filed on or before the later of:

(1)  the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations; or

(2)  the 45th day after the first date on which Subsection (g) authorizes the filing of the action.

(j)  Once a final, unappealable recommendation or a ruling on an appeal of a recommendation is issued under this subtitle, a homeowner or builder may file an action described by Subsection (a).  A homeowner is not required to delay the filing of an action to allow the builder an opportunity to make an offer of settlement or repair under Sections 27.004(b) and (c) or an election to purchase the residence under Section 27.0042.  The filing of an action by the homeowner does not affect a builder's right to make an offer of settlement or repair in the time provided by Section 27.004(b) or an election to purchase the residence in the time provided by Section 27.0042.

SECTION 50.  Section 426.006, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 426.006.  TIME FOR REQUESTING INSPECTION [AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION].  (a)  For an alleged defect discovered during an applicable warranty period, an [the state-sponsored] inspection through the state inspection program [and dispute resolution process] must be requested on or before the second anniversary of the date of discovery of the conditions claimed to be evidence of the construction defect but not later than the 90th day after the date the applicable warranty period expires.

(b)  If the alleged defect would violate the statutory warranty of habitability and was not discoverable by a reasonable, prudent inspection or examination of the home or improvement within the applicable warranty period, the [state-sponsored] inspection [and dispute resolution process] must be requested:

(1)  on or before the second anniversary of the date of discovery of the conditions claimed to be evidence of the construction defect; and

(2)  not later than the 10th anniversary of the date of the initial transfer of title from the builder to the initial owner of the home or improvement that is the subject of the dispute or, if there is not a closing, the date on which the contract for construction of the improvement is entered into.

SECTION 51.  Section 426.007, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 426.007.  ADMISSIBILITY OF CERTAIN EVIDENCE.  A person who submits a request for [state-sponsored] inspection under Section 428.001 [and dispute resolution] or responds to a request made under that section [Chapter 428] must disclose in the request or response the name of any expert who, before the request is submitted, inspected the home on behalf of the requestor or respondent in connection with the construction defect alleged in the request or response.  If an expert's name is known to the requestor or respondent at the time of the request or response and is not disclosed as required by this section, the requestor or respondent may not designate the person as an expert or use materials prepared by that person in:

(1)  the [state-sponsored] inspection [and dispute resolution] process arising out of the request; or

(2)  any action arising out of the construction defect that is the subject of the request or response.

SECTION 52.  Sections 427.001(c), (c-1), and (d), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(c)  A third-party inspector who inspects an issue involving a structural matter [or involving workmanship, materials, and a structural matter] must:

(1)  be an approved structural engineer or approved architect; and

(2)  have a minimum of five years' experience in residential construction.

(c-1)  For an inspection request with an issue [A third-party inspector who inspects an issue] involving a structural matter and an unrelated issue involving workmanship and materials matters, the commission must assign a third-party inspector who meets [must meet] the requirements of Subsections (b) and (c) or assign two third-party inspectors, one who meets the requirements of Subsection (b) and one who meets the requirements of Subsection (c), to work in conjunction with one another to inspect the alleged defects.

(d)  Each third-party inspector must receive, in accordance with commission rules:

(1)  initial training regarding the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process] and this subtitle; and

(2)  annual continuing education in the inspector's area of practice.

SECTION 53.  Section 427.002(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  The commission shall employ state inspectors to:

(1)  review on an appeals panel the recommendations of third-party inspectors;

(2)  provide consultation to third-party inspectors; and

(3)  administer the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process].

SECTION 54.  The heading to Chapter 428, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 428.  STATE [STATE-SPONSORED] INSPECTION PROGRAM [AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS]

SECTION 55.  Section 428.001(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  If a dispute between a homeowner and a builder arises out of an alleged construction defect, the homeowner or the builder may submit to the commission a written request for [state-sponsored] inspection under this subtitle [and dispute resolution].  If the builder files a request under this section, the homeowner may submit a request for mediation as provided by Section 428A.004.

SECTION 56.  Chapter 428, Property Code, is amended by adding Section 428.0011 to read as follows:

Sec. 428.0011.  PROCESSING AND PRIORITIZING OF REQUESTS.  (a)  The commission shall adopt rules for processing requests under this chapter that include guidelines for prioritizing the handling of the requests and allocating agency staff and other resources in the most efficient manner to address the requests.

(b)  In adopting rules under this section, the commission shall consider:

(1)  appropriate ways to expedite inspections under the state inspection program under emergency circumstances, including cases involving issues of habitability;

(2)  appropriate handling of complex case material and whether different handling is appropriate for requests involving a structural defect and requests involving workmanship and materials; and

(3)  the most efficient ways to use agency staff.

SECTION 57.  Section 428.002(a), Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

(a)  At [In addition to the right of inspection provided by Section 428.001(c), at] any time before the conclusion of the [state-sponsored] inspection [and dispute resolution] process under this subtitle and on the builder's written request, the builder shall be given reasonable opportunity to inspect the home that is the subject of the request or have the home inspected to determine the nature and cause of the construction defect and the nature and extent of repairs necessary to remedy the construction defect.

SECTION 58.  Section 428.003, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 428.003.  INSPECTION BY THIRD-PARTY INSPECTOR; ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY.  (a)  On or before the 10th [30th] day after the date the commission receives a request, the commission shall appoint the next available third-party inspector from the applicable lists of third-party inspectors maintained by the commission under Subsection (d) [(c)].  If, in accordance with guidelines adopted under Section 428.0011, the executive director determines the circumstances involved in a request constitute an emergency, the executive director may assign a state inspector or other commission employee that the executive director determines is qualified to conduct the inspection and issue a recommendation in accordance with the requirements for inspections and recommendations by a third-party inspector.

(b)  The commission shall establish rules and regulations that require [allow the homeowner and the builder to each have the right to strike the appointment of] a third-party inspector to decline an appointment and disclose to the commission that a conflict of interest exists if the third-party inspector:

(1)  is employed by or participates in the management of a business entity or other organization owned by or receiving money from the interested homeowner or builder;

(2)  owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than a 10 percent interest in a business entity or other organization owned by or receiving money from the interested homeowner or builder; or

(3)  uses or receives a substantial amount of goods, services, or money from the interested homeowner or builder [one time for each request submitted].

(c)  The commission may impose an administrative penalty on or remove from the list of available third-party inspectors a third-party inspector who knowingly fails to decline an appointment and disclose a conflict of interest in accordance with Subsection (b).

(d)  The commission shall adopt rules that allow for the commission to maintain a list of available third-party inspectors for the various regions of the state, as required to satisfy the provisions of this title.

SECTION 59.  Section 428.004, Property Code, is amended by amending Subsections (b) and (c) and adding Subsections (g), (h), and (i) to read as follows:

(b)  If the dispute involves a structural matter in the home, the commission shall appoint a [an approved engineer to be the] third-party inspector qualified under Section 427.001 to inspect for structural defects.  The third-party inspector shall inspect the home not later than the 30th day after the date the request is submitted and issue a recommendation not later than the 45th [60th] day after the date the third-party inspector receives the assignment from the commission, unless additional time is requested by the third-party inspector or a party to the dispute.  The commission shall adopt rules governing the extension of time under this subsection.

(c)  The third-party inspector's recommendation must[:

[(1)  address only the construction defect, based on the applicable warranty and building and performance standards; and

[(2)]  designate a method or manner of repair, if any.  At the option of the third-party inspector, the recommendation may identify any construction defects discovered by the third-party inspector that are not included in the request for inspection that involve a violation of any applicable building and performance standard that if left unrepaired may threaten the health or safety of the occupants of the home or that involve a violation of a building code applicable to the construction.  A third-party inspector has no duty to inspect the home for construction defects that are not included in the request for inspection.

(g)  A final report made available to the public on the commission's Internet website may not include the name of the homeowner and must indicate whether the builder offered to make repairs as recommended by the final report or otherwise resolved the dispute with the homeowner.

(h)  The commission shall remove a final report, including a request form or other case material relating to the final report, from the commission's Internet website if:

(1)  the builder has made repairs substantially equivalent to those required by the findings of the final report confirming the defect; and

(2)  the commission has confirmed with the homeowner and a third-party inspector who has inspected the repairs that the builder has made those repairs.

(i)  A final report removed by the commission under Subsection (h) is not public information subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.

SECTION 60.  Chapter 428, Property Code, is amended by adding Sections 428.0041 and 428.006 to read as follows:

Sec. 428.0041.  INSPECTION OF CONSTRUCTION DEFECT OR REPAIR; TIME FOR COMPLETION OF CERTAIN REPAIRS.  (a)  A builder who, for the purposes of Section 27.004(l) or otherwise, completes repairs of a construction defect shall, at the builder's expense, engage an inspector to inspect the repairs and determine whether the home, as repaired, complies with the applicable limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards adopted by the commission.  The builder shall engage the third-party inspector who issued a recommendation regarding the construction defect to perform the inspection unless otherwise provided by commission rules adopted under this section.

(b)  An inspection of repairs under Subsection (a), other than minor cosmetic repairs described by Subsection (c), must be completed not later than:

(1)  the 30th day after the date the repairs are completed for a dispute involving workmanship and materials; and

(2)  the 45th day after the date the repairs are completed for a dispute that involves a structural matter.

(c)  The builder is entitled to a reasonable period not to exceed 15 days to address minor cosmetic items that are necessary to fully complete the repairs.

(d)  The commission may for good cause require that:

(1)  an alleged construction defect that has been inspected by a third-party inspector be inspected again by another third-party inspector or a state inspector or other commission employee; or

(2)  a builder's repair of a construction defect be inspected by a third-party inspector or a state inspector or other commission employee, regardless of whether the repair is inspected for the purposes of Subsection (a) by the third-party inspector who issued a recommendation regarding the construction defect or by a state inspector.

(e)  The commission may charge the builder a fee for an inspection conducted under Subsection (d).

(f)  A homeowner may refuse an inspection under this section.

Sec. 428.006.  BUILDER REPORTING REQUIRED.  (a)  A builder involved in the inspection process or mediation under this subtitle shall file with the commission, on a form prescribed by the commission, information relating to any activity related to the dispute, including a settlement, repair effort, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, that occurs after:

(1)  a third-party inspector's report issued under this chapter becomes final and nonappealable; or

(2)  mediation is requested under Section 428A.004.

(b)  A builder shall file a form not later than the 21st day after the report becomes final and nonappealable or the builder receives a request for mediation under Section 428A.004.

(c)  In addition to any other information the commission determines is appropriate to request, the form prescribed under this section must request the following information:

(1)  the name of the builder;

(2)  the name and address of the homeowner and the property involved in the inspection process or mediation;

(3)  any inspection or other request number assigned by the commission;

(4)  whether any repairs or other types of compensation were offered by the builder to the homeowner for any construction defects affirmed by a final, nonappealable report;

(5)  if repairs were offered by the builder:

(A)  whether any alleged defects affirmed by a final, nonappealable report were excluded from the offer of repair; and

(B)  whether the homeowner accepted any or all of the repairs offered;

(6)  if repairs were offered and accepted:

(A)  whether the repairs were made; and

(B)  whether the repairs resulted in the satisfaction of all issues between the parties as a result of the residential construction project;

(7)  if repairs were made, whether the builder engaged the services of the third-party inspector who performed the inspection under this subtitle to inspect the repairs;

(8)  if repairs were not offered or an offer for repair was not accepted, whether either of the parties pursued any further legal proceedings related to the dispute between the parties;

(9)  if either party has pursued further legal proceedings, whether the parties are in mediation or involved in arbitration or a civil lawsuit; and

(10)  if the parties are involved in an arbitration proceeding, whether the arbitration is required as a provision of a contract between the parties.

(d)  If the parties have not resolved their dispute at the time the builder files the initial form under Subsection (b), the builder must update the status of the information requested or provided on the form not later than the 21st day after the occurrence of one of the following events:

(1)  repairs offered by the builder are accepted and performed and once performed, reinspected in accordance with Sections 27.004(l) and 428.0041 and accepted by the homeowner as resolving all issues in the dispute;

(2)  any legal proceedings described by Subsection (c)(9) are final;

(3)  the builder repurchases the home under Section 27.0042; or

(4)  any other resolution of the dispute between the parties is finalized.

(e)  A builder's failure to comply with this section or to complete the required form honestly is grounds for denial of the builder's license renewal application under Chapter 416.

SECTION 61.  Subtitle D, Title 16, Property Code, is amended by adding Chapter 428A to read as follows:

CHAPTER 428A.  OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN; VOLUNTARY MEDIATION

Sec. 428A.001.  OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN.  The office of the ombudsman is established at the commission to assist the commission, builders, and homeowners following the completion of the state inspection process and to engage in other activities as provided by this chapter.

Sec. 428A.002.  QUALIFICATIONS.  The commission shall hire a licensed attorney to act as ombudsman.

Sec. 428A.003.  POWERS AND DUTIES.  (a)  The ombudsman shall:

(1)  provide information and, subject to Subsection (b), advice to homeowners and builders engaged in defect repairs after the completion of the state inspection process to assist them in understanding the post-inspection process;

(2)  assist homeowners and builders in locating mediation services, if requested, for the purposes of Section 428A.004; and

(3)  submit comments to the commission on rules and other policy changes being considered by the commission.

(b)  The ombudsman may not provide legal advice to homeowners and builders.

(c)  The ombudsman shall report directly to the commission.

Sec. 428A.004.  VOLUNTARY MEDIATION.  (a)  The commission by rule shall establish procedures for a builder and homeowner to engage in a third-party mediation, as described by Section 154.023, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, performed by a third-party mediator not employed by the commission, of a dispute involving a construction defect as an alternative to the inspection process under this subtitle, if the homeowner, before the expiration of the time to submit a request for inspection under Section 426.006, and before a third-party inspection has been performed, submits a statement to the commission and the builder, in the form prescribed by the commission, that the homeowner is requesting mediation as an alternative to the state inspection process.  If a homeowner requests mediation under this section, a builder is required to participate in mediation in good faith, as determined by the mediator.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other law, if the homeowner requests mediation under this section, an action described by Section 426.005(a):

(1)  may not be filed before the expiration of the mediation period unless an agreement is executed as a result of the mediation that is breached before the end of the mediation period; and

(2)  must be filed on or before the later of:

(A)  the expiration of any applicable statute of limitations; or

(B)  the 45th day after the earlier of:

(i)  the expiration of the mediation period; or

(ii)  the execution of an agreement as a result of the mediation.

(c)  For the purposes of this section, the mediation period expires on the 90th day after the date the homeowner submits a statement of intent to engage in mediation under this section.  A homeowner or builder may, in accordance with Subsection (b), file an action described by Section 426.005(a) if no agreement is reached before the expiration of the mediation period.

(d)  A builder's failure to comply with an agreement executed by the parties as a result of a mediation under this section is grounds for disciplinary action under Chapter 418, including the imposition of an administrative penalty under Chapter 419.

(e)  The parties to a mediation under this section shall split the fees of the third-party mediator equally.

(f)  For purposes of Chapter 27, good faith participation in mediation under this section, as determined by the mediator, for the mediation period established by this section constitutes a final, nonappealable determination under this subtitle and completion of the state inspection process, and a written agreement to mediate submitted by the parties under this section constitutes a request under Section 428.001. For the purposes of Section 27.004(l), if the builder makes a repair pursuant to an offer under Section 27.004(b), the builder may engage any third-party inspector to inspect the repair and determine whether the residence, as repaired, complies with the applicable limited statutory warranty and building and performance standards.

SECTION 62.  Sections 430.001(b), (d), and (e), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(b)  The warranty periods shall be:

(1)  two years [one year] for workmanship and materials;

(2)  four [two] years for plumbing, electrical, heating, and air-conditioning delivery systems; and

(3)  10 years for major structural components of the home.

(d)  The International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings that applies to nonelectrical aspects of residential construction for the purposes of the limited statutory warranties and building and performance standards adopted under this section is:

(1)  for residential construction located in a municipality or the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality, the version of the International Residential Code applicable to nonelectrical aspects of residential construction in the municipality under Section 214.212, Local Government Code; and

(2)  for residential construction located in an unincorporated area not in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality, the version of the International Residential Code adopted by the commission by rule [applicable to nonelectrical aspects of residential construction in the municipality that is the county seat of the county in which the construction is located; and

[(3)  for residential construction located in an unincorporated area in a county that does not contain an incorporated area, the version of the International Residential Code that existed on May 1, 2001].

(e)  The National Electrical Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings that applies to electrical aspects of residential construction for the purposes of this section is:

(1)  for residential construction located in a municipality or the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality, the version of the National Electrical Code applicable to electrical aspects of residential construction in the municipality under Section 214.214, Local Government Code; and

(2)  for residential construction located in an unincorporated area not in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality, the version of the National Electrical Code adopted by the commission by rule [applicable to electrical aspects of residential construction in the municipality that is the county seat of the county in which the construction is located; and

[(3)  for residential construction located in an unincorporated area in a county that does not contain an incorporated area, the version of the National Electrical Code that existed on May 1, 2001].

SECTION 63.  Sections 430.005(b) and (c), Property Code, are amended to read as follows:

(b)  This section does not exempt a builder in an area described by Subsection (a) from the builder licensing and home registration requirements imposed by this title, including the requirements of Sections 416.001 and 426.003.

(c)  An allegation of a postconstruction defect in a construction project in an area described by Subsection (a) is subject to the state [state-sponsored] inspection program [and dispute resolution process] described by this subtitle.

SECTION 64.  Chapter 430, Property Code, is amended by adding Sections 430.012 and 430.013 to read as follows:

Sec. 430.012.  HOMEOWNER INFORMATION PAMPHLET.  (a)  The commission shall produce a homeowner information pamphlet to provide homeowners with basic information about the commission and the state inspection program.

(b)  The pamphlet must include information describing:

(1)  the commission's jurisdiction;

(2)  the state inspection program;

(3)  statutory warranties;

(4)  building and performance standards; and

(5)  how the items listed in Subdivisions (1) through (4) apply to a new or newly remodeled home.

(c)  The commission shall make the pamphlet available through the commission's Internet website and in a hard-copy format.

(d)  An escrow officer, as defined by Section 2501.003, Insurance Code, or an attorney performing closing services in which title insurance is not obtained, at a closing in which title to a new home is transferred shall provide the pamphlet produced by the commission under Subsection (a) to the person purchasing the new home.

(e)  The commission shall provide the pamphlet to a homeowner after registration of the home under Section 426.003(b).

Sec. 430.013.  WARRANTIES AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  (a)  The commission shall appoint a Warranties and Performance Standards Advisory Committee.

(b)  The committee may:

(1)  regularly review and evaluate the residential construction performance standards adopted by the commission;

(2)  review and evaluate proposed changes to the performance standards made either by the public or internally by the commission; and

(3)  make recommendations to the commission.

(c)  The commission by rule shall establish:

(1)  the number of committee members;

(2)  qualifications for appointment to the committee;

(3)  the terms of service of committee members; and

(4)  the duties and operating procedures of the committee.

(d)  A member of the committee serves at the will of the commission.

(e)  A member is not entitled to compensation for service on the committee but is entitled to reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses the member incurs in performing committee duties.

SECTION 65.  Section 446.004, Property Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 446.004.  FEE INSPECTOR.  A fee inspector must be either a licensed engineer, a registered architect, a professional inspector licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, a plumbing inspector employed by a municipality and licensed by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, a building inspector employed by a political subdivision, or a third-party inspector qualified under Section 427.001(b).  A builder may use the same or a different fee inspector for inspections required under this chapter.

SECTION 66.  The following provisions of the Property Code are repealed:

(1)  Section 401.002(12);

(2)  Section 416.011;

(3)  Section 416.012(b);

(4)  Section 418.002(d);

(5)  Section 428.001(c); and

(6)  Subtitle E, Title 16.

SECTION 67.  The Sunset Advisory Commission's report to the 84th Legislature shall evaluate:

(1)  the Texas Residential Construction Commission's overall performance; and

(2)  the ability of the Texas Residential Construction Commission to implement the changes in law made by this Act and management actions recommended by the 81st Legislature.

SECTION 68.  Promptly after this Act takes effect, the governor shall appoint the two additional members to the Texas Residential Construction Commission as required by Section 406.001, Property Code, as amended by this Act.  In appointing those members, the governor shall appoint one person to a term expiring February 1, 2011, and one to a term expiring February 1, 2013.

SECTION 69.  The Texas Residential Construction Commission shall adopt rules as required by Chapter 416, Property Code, as amended by this Act, not later than December 1, 2009.  A person is not required to hold a license under Section 401.005(c) or Chapter 416, Property Code, as amended by this Act, until January 1, 2010.

SECTION 70.  Not later than December 1, 2009, the Texas Residential Construction Commission shall adopt rules and prescribe forms under Sections 428.0011 and 428.006, Property Code, as added by this Act.

SECTION 71.  Not later than December 1, 2009, the Texas Residential Construction Commission shall hire an ombudsman as provided by Chapter 428A, Property Code, as added by this Act.

SECTION 72.  Not later than December 1, 2009, the Texas Residential Construction Commission shall adopt statutory warranties and building and performance standards under Section 430.001, Property Code, as amended by this Act.  Except as provided by this section, the warranties and building and performance standards adopted by the commission under this section apply only to residential construction commenced on or after January 1, 2010.  Residential construction commenced before January 1, 2010, or commenced on or after January 1, 2010, under a contract entered into before that date, is governed by the statutory warranties and building and performance standards applicable to the construction immediately before the adoption of the statutory warranties and building and performance standards under this section.

SECTION 73.  (a)  The terms of the current members of the Warranties and Performance Standards Advisory Committee expire on the date on which the new Warranties and Performance Standards Advisory Committee is appointed under Section 430.013, Property Code, as added by this Act.

(b)  The changes in law made by Section 430.013, Property Code, as added by this Act, to the compensation of the members of the Warranties and Performance Standards Advisory Committee apply only to members appointed on or after the effective date of this Act.

SECTION 74.  (a)  Section 401.005, Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to a home, material improvement to a home, or improvement to the interior of a home, the building or remodeling of which commences on or after the effective date of this Act.  A home, material improvement to a home, or improvement to the interior of a home described by Section 401.005, Property Code, as amended by this Act, the building or remodeling of which is commenced before the effective date of this Act is subject to the warranty obligation applicable to the home, material improvement to the home, or improvement to the interior of the home immediately before the effective date of this Act.

(b)  Section 401.007, Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to an order regarding an emergency or a violation of a statute to which Chapter 401, Property Code, applies that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act.  An order regarding an emergency or a violation of a statute that occurred before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect at the time the emergency or violation occurred, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(c)  Section 416.001, Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect at the time the offense was committed, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.  For the purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred before that date.

(d)  Section 416.005, Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to a person licensed by the Texas Residential Construction Commission as a builder for the first time on or after January 1, 2010.  A person registered with the commission as a builder before January 1, 2010, is governed by the law in effect at the time the person registered, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(e)  Section 416.006(a), Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to a license issued for the first time on or after January 1, 2010.  A certificate of registration issued before January 1, 2010, is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(f)  Sections 416.012(c) and (e), Property Code, as amended by this Act, and the repeal by this Act of Section 416.012(b), Property Code, apply only to a renewal of a license by a builder on or after September 1, 2011.  The renewal of a license by a builder before September 1, 2011, is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(g)  Sections 418.001 and 418.002, Property Code, as amended by this Act, apply only to a ground for disciplinary action that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act.  A ground for disciplinary action that occurs before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect at the time the ground for disciplinary action occurred, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(h)  Section 426.003, Property Code, as amended by this Act, applies only to a registration of a home that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act.  A registration of a home that occurs before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(i)  Sections 426.004, 426.005, 428.003, and 428.004, Property Code, as amended by this Act, apply only to a request for a state inspection filed on or after the effective date of this Act.  A request filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(j)  Section 27.004(l), Property Code, as amended by this Act, and Section 428.0041(a), Property Code, as added by this Act, apply only to inspection of a repair completed by a builder on or after the effective date of this Act.  Inspection of a repair completed by a builder before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(k)  The repeal by this Act of Section 436.003, Property Code, applies only to an arbitration initiated on or after the effective date of this Act.  An arbitration initiated before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law applicable to the arbitration immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(l)  The repeal by this Act of Chapter 437, Property Code, applies only to an arbitration award filed on or after the effective date of this Act.  An award filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before that date, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

(m)  The repeal by this Act of Chapter 438, Property Code, applies only to an arbitration award issued on or after the effective date of this Act.  An award issued before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before that date, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.

SECTION 75.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.

 

 
< Prev   Next >

 Texas, First Home Lemon Law Debated in the Nation
Homebuyers Need a Home Lemon Law

Search HOBB.org

 Beware of HOA Payment Plan! 

HOA Foreclosures Big Business 
ON THE COMMONS with Shu Bartholomew
Dr. Evan McKenzie HOA Governments

Reckless Endangerment
BY: GRETCHEN MORGENSON
and JOSHUA ROSNER

Outsized Ambition, Greed and
Corruption Led to
Economic Armageddon


Amazon
Barnes & Noble

 Feature
Rise and Fall of Predatory Lending and Housing

NY Times: Building Flawed American Dreams 
Read CATO Institute: 
HUD Scandals

Listen to NPR:
Reckless Endangerman
by
Gretchen Morgenson : How 'Reckless' Greed Contributed
to Financial Crisis - Fannie Mae

ATTENTION TAXPAYERS:
 
Pulte-Centex $900 Million Grant
Bad Guys at Countrywide Profit on Mortgage Toxins

NPR Special Report
Part I Listen Now
Perry Home - No Warranty 
Part II Listen Now
Texas Favors Builders

Washington Post
The housing bubble, in four chapters
BusinessWeek Special Reports
Bonfire of the Builders
Homebuilders helped fuel the housing crisis
Housing: That Sinking Feeling

Arbitration Fairness Now!
Sen Feingold, Rep Johnson
Introduce Consumer Justice
 
Senate Passes Franken
Binding Arbitration Amendment
  
   
Public Citizen Report 
Home Court Advantage
 

 (See photos) & Latest News

Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
 Arbitration Hearing,
Video of Homeowners
Testimony Advance to 1:55

Arbitration Bill Passes Senate
Four years to fight to get in court is not a day in Court, Jamie Leigh Jones 

 


Legislative
Watch
TEXAS ABOLISHES BUILDERS
PROTECTION AGENCY TRCC
 


Texas Regulates Homebuyers
 
Texas Comptroller Condemns TRCC Builder Protection Agency
TRCC is the punishment phase of homeownership in Texas

HOBB Update Messages

Consumer Affairs Builder Complaints

 TRCC Implosion
 TRCC Shut Down
 Sunset Report

IS YOUR STATE NEXT?
As Goes Texas So Goes the Nation
Knowledge and Financial Responsibility are still Optional for Texas Home Builders

OUTSTANDING FOX4 REPORT
TRCC from Bad to Worse
Case of the Crooked House

Perry's Gifts Keep on Talking
Sun Never Sets On Politicians Taking Homebuilder Money

TRCC AN ARRESTING EXPERIENCE
The Pat and Bob Egert Building & TRCC Experience 

Homebuilder's Right-To-Repair Illusion

Builders Looking for Federal Handouts

How Texas Home Building Industry shaped the TRCC to regulate buyers 

SpotLight
LiveTalk Internet

Build it right the first time
An interview with Janet Ahmad

HUD's Broken System
From HUD's Deregulation to Disgrace
Did HUD Secretary Cisneros
 Mastermind Predatory Lending?

Take Action
Ban Binding Mandatory Arbitration

Send a message urging your Congressman to support all legislation banning this unfair practice

Voting Texas Style
What Lawmaker is Voting for you?

Most Read

 Give Me Back My Rights Campaign
Model State Arbitration Legislation
Fair Homebuyer Contract Model

Bad Binding Arbitration Experience?
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call 1-210-402-6800

NCPIRG
Homebuyers' Bill of Rights
Tips for a Better Built Home and to Protect Your Investment

Drum Major Institute
for Public Policy

Tort Deform
Report Your Arbitration Experience

Homebuilding Texas Style
And the walls came
tumblin' down

 Texas Homebuilder
Bob Perry Political Contributions

  The Agency Bob Perry Built
 TRCC Connection News
Tort Reform

NPR Interview - Perry's
Political influence movement.
Click to listen 

Texas Homebuyers
Fight for Rights

TRCC Abolish or Fix
or Pass Home Lemon Law
or
Homebuyers Bill of Rights

POLICYHOLDERS OF AMERICA POLL
82% would not vote back in office any legislator, regardless of party, that is soft on bad homebuilders?

REWARD
MOST WANTED

ARIZONA REGISTRAR OF CONTRACTORS
Have you seen any of these individuals

Pulte Homeowner Survey
Warranty & Mortgage Experience
 Click to participate

Tort Reform Feature
Texas Monthly
 Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!

Special Money Report
Big Money and Shoddy Construction:Texas Home Buyers Left Out in the Cold
Read More
Read Report: Big Money…
Home Builder Money Source of Influence

Letters to the Editor
Write your letters to the Editor

Homeowner Websites

top of page

© 2022 HomeOwners for Better Building
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.