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Texas Association of Builders Statement Regarding Sunset Commission Staff Recommendations on the Texas Residential Construction Commission

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2008-08-20 06:23:37     
Texas Association of Builders

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) today released the following statement in response to the Texas Sunset Commission staff report on the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC). The following quote can be attributed to Ron Connally, Amarillo home builder and TAB First Vice President:

"Today the Sunset Commission staff released a short-sighted recommendation that would harm consumers by returning Texas to the uncertainty of unregulated home builders and the complete absence of consumer protections, including mandatory written warranties and clear building and performance standards.

"The Texas Association of Builders is disappointed that the Sunset Commission staff has recommended throwing the residential construction industry in this state back to a time when there was no regulation at all of the industry with no corresponding ability to prevent bad actors from continuing to harm Texas consumers.

"Without the TRCC's dispute resolution process, homeowners with construction defects that are currently being resolved in an expedient and cost-effective manner will be left with nowhere to turn but time consuming and expensive litigation.

"In 2003 and again in 2007, the Legislature recognized the need to regulate home builders and remodelers and authorized the TRCC as an efficient alternative to resolve construction defects. With the additional resources and powers vested in the agency by the Legislature last session, the agency has begun to implement significant and meaningful changes which, contrary to Sunset staff's conclusions, do protect Texas homeowners. We fully support the ongoing improvement in both the dispute resolution process and the oversight of our industry.

"The Texas Association of Builders looks forward to continuing our work with the members of the Sunset Commission during the review process and the entire Texas Legislature next session to explore any necessary changes to the TRCC to further enhance the positive effects consumers and builders have enjoyed since the agency's creation.

"Pulling the plug on the consumers' most readily accessible and cost-effective path to resolution is anything but constructive."

ABOUT TAB: Founded in 1946, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and has 33 local home builders associations across Texas. Representing over 500,000 jobs and more than $35 billion in the Texas economy, the state and local associations play a crucial role in providing housing for Texans. With nearly 13,000 members, TAB is the third largest home builders association in the nation.

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