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Sunday, 19 April 2009

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  The Home Lemon Law

This is Your Opportunity !
 
Testify! Tell lawmakers what you think, Wednesday April 22 , 2009

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THE MOST IMPORTANT HEARING OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION:  The Home Lemon Law by Senfronia Thompson HB 3182  Hearing.  Tell your story and how homebuyers, at the very least should expect the same protections as they get when buying a car.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Committee:   Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Time & Date: To be heard at 11:30 AM, April 22, 2009
Place: Texas Capitol Room, E2.016
Chair: Rep. Edmund Kuempel
See Agenda: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/schedules/html/C3502009042208001.htm

April 31, 2009 Let the hearings begin –Bills to Regulate Texas Homebuilders will be Heard in Committee!

April 9, 2009 HOMEOWNER LOBBY DAY – Meet and Speak
with Law Makers

Texas Legislative Hearing: YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY! 

  • Help Texas Law Makers Help You! 
  • Tell Your Story!   
  • Call for the Abolishment of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC).   
  • Demand Builder Accountability for Defective Homes!   

A message from Janet Ahmad:
The first bill to abolish the TRCC was held and homeowners were heard loud and clear.
By far this was a most effect hear as builder victims spoke candidly and effectively about their builder and their TRCC experiences. On the other hand, TRCC’s Director Duane Waddill and homebuilders struggled, by resorting to misrepresentation of facts. 
See Video of Business & Industry Hearing as consumer advocates and homeowners tell the true story of TRCC failures.
View Official State Testimony on TRCC Sunset Bill 2295. Video
: 03-23-09: 3:246 p.m. - 9:49 p.m.

Texas was once the playground for outrageous legislation however, this time the session appears headed for a showdown from angry families stuck with defective homes and their determination should not be underestimated. As most of you already know TRCC is the brainchild of homebuilder influence, spearheaded by builders Bob Perry ( Perry Homes ) and David Weekley (Weekly Homes) as well as other giants to regulate homebuyers.

This years Texas Legislative session will become ‘ground zero’ of heated debate that highlights the magnitude of increased shoddy homebuilding since the creation of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC).   


With news media exposure of shoddy homebuilding, massive builder mortgage fraud, epidemic foreclosures, abusive binding arbitration clauses and the failed state ‘builder-protection-agency,’ TRCC will be a priority issues this session.  More than any other time, there is unity among consumer groups and media attention like never before.

Whether living in Texas or any other state your participation is important and will provide
an invaluable experience to tackle the same issues that are destroying homeownership in all states. 
April 31, 2009 Hearing – Bills to be heard:  See reviews and ratings of proposed bills

Background Information:  If the TRCC is not to be abolished, it must be substantially overhauled so that it may begin protecting Texas homeowners from unscrupulous builders.  Consumer groups have developed ten specific reforms that would enable the TRCC to become of use to Texas homeowners and to justify its continued existence: 

1.   Make the state-sponsored inspection and dispute resolution process voluntary

2.   Make the state-sponsored inspection and dispute resolution free 

3.   Make the Star Builder program mandatory for all large builders, with the accompanying requirement that builders must be bonded 

4.   Move the TRCC under the Department of Licensing and Regulation

5.   Allow the third-party inspector’s recommendation to include a dollar amount that would cover the homeowner’s repair expenses and allow the TRCC to require the builder to pay that amount 

6.   Create a private cause of action against any builder who violates a TRCC rule and allow the TRCC to assess a substantial penalty for violation
 
7.   Allow consumers to post questions to the TRCC Web site that are immediately visible to the public and become a permanent, searchable section of the State Web site.  Require the TRCC to post responses within a certain timeframe on the message board.  All comments will be public.  Record and make available to the general public on a consumer-friendly agency website all complaints by builder’s company name and builder’s agent name and city.  Detailed information should be available 

8.   TRCC revenue surplus to be put in a State Victim Recovery Fund to pay for warranty repairs, legal representation for consumers

9.   Allow the TRCC to revoke or suspend a builder’s license if he engages in a single violation resulting in disciplinary action

10. Require those who are licensed to keep records for ten years after completion of project, thus keeping them accountable for their work

. Come tell your homebuilder experience and call for the abolishment of TRCC,
                               the homebuilder protection agency

 
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