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The End for TRCC

July, 2009:

The Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) will cease to accept new homeowner complaints as of Aug. 31, 2009 and will cease operations on Aug 31, 2010. The agency is being shut down under the state Sunset provision.

The TRCC was created in 2003 after lobbying by some big builders. It was created under the auspice that it was to aid consumers with complaints against builders, however the agency was roundly criticized for protecting builders and making it more difficult for aggrieved consumers to get satisfaction.

Texas will revert back to the pre-TRCC law; the Residential Construction Liability Act, which limited damages homeowners could seek and gave builders the right to repair poor construction.

Now, as much as ever, it's important to protect yourself when purchasing a newly constructed home by getting it thoroughly inspected by a qualified inspector of your choosing, while under construction and prior to closing. Not all inspections are the same.

The TRCC Builder/Remodeler List is not available in the public domain as it can be mis-used by those who wish to commit fraud. The list is available to the courts.

The TRCC Dispute Resoution Inspector list is available to the courts as well. Some home inspectors advertise a TRCC designation when their name is not on the list and were never approved.

READ THIS AND DO NOT CALL ME. Call your attorney.

There is no more Builder Registration. All previous registrations were cancelled on Sept. 1, 2010. If a contractor still advertises a TRCC builder registration number that may be fraudulant advertising. Anyone can advertise a registration that did not or does not exist. The TRCC Dispute Resolution Inspectors are still viable until 2020 when the 10-year builder warranties expire.

*Registration was required to force the public into mandatory arbitration in the event of a dispute

TRCC never "qualified, certified or licensed" any builder or contractor/remodler.

There has never been any Builder Licensing due to the builder lobby in Austin.

Contractors in Texas are not licensed, registered, or whatever you want to call it. Anybody can be a contractor and any of them can rip you off. The public has no protection. See your attorney before you sign a contract with a contractor.

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If your home was enrolled into the 1 year basic, 2 year mechanical and 10-year structural TRCC building performance and warranty program then you should have a letter or document from TRCC. If you don't then your home was not enrolled. If you think you got a letter but lost it the burden of proof is upon you. You may be able to replicate documentation through a Freedom of Information Act request via the the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. All records and property of TRCC was transferred to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts on or shortly after September 1, 2010. Any requests for information under the Texas Open Records Act should be sent to: (See more details on the Public Information Act.)


The Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) came into being in September, 2003 under SB 730 and ceased to exist on August 31, 2010 meaning that the Texas Residential Construction Commission Act (TRCCA) became ineffective after August 31, 2009 (see below).

The TRC established specific state wide performance standards which generally mirror the National Association of Home Builders - Residential Construction Performance Guideline, but the Act also put in place a mandatory dispute resolution procedure for construction defect claims.

In the 2009 legislative session lawmakers in Austin failed to support continuation of the TRCC. Under the State's Sunset Law (Government Code 325.017) the TRCC will close on August 31, 2010.

Between now and then what must a lender or builder do to comply with the Texas Residential Construction Commission Act?

On June 11 the TRCC met to establish a timeline and action plan to implement the State's Sunset Law provisions. The TRCC will not accept any new business after August 31, 2009, meaning that no new builder registration or home registration or submission of disputes will take place. In order to establish clear cutoff dates for builder registration, home enrollment and submission of disputes, and to allow enough time to administer claims through the end of its mandate, the agency implemented the following:

Will a court recognize the statutory warranties and commission-adopted performance standards, even if the commission no longer exists?

For contracts executed before September 1, 2009, or work commenced before that date, courts will consider the law in effect at that time. So, if Title 16 was still in effect when the parties signed a contract for new home construction or transferred title on new home construction, the statutory warranties created by Title 16 and the commission–adopted performance standards still apply.

Furthermore, if the parties agree in their contract to the terms of the applicable warranties and performance standards, a court will rely on the terms of the contract to determine if those warranties and performance standards apply, including if the parties have agreed to apply the statutory warranties and commission-adopted performance standards.

Please note that Texas courts have not had a chance to review the legal effect of the Sunset Act on Title 16.  Therefore, a court may decide that the language in the Government Code Section 325.017 does not cause the statutory warranties and commission-adopted performance standards to expire until August 31, 2010.  Therefore, the safest course of action is for the parties to agree to written warranties and performance standards that are at least as stringent as the statutory warranties and commission-adopted performance standards until August 31, 2010.  That way, if a court should decide that Title 16 provisions are still in effect until August 31, 2010, the contract will be in compliance with the law.

What happens if I discover a defect on or after September 1, 2009, and the commission no longer accepts inspection requests?

Contact your builder.  If your builder does not respond satisfactorily, you may want to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.  You can also complain to the Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Division, Federal Trade Commission, your local County or District Attorney or to your local Better Business Bureau.

What happens if I sign a contract for a new home before August 31, 2009, and it is finished in November 2009, but I find a construction defect in March of 2010? What warranties apply? What performance standards apply?

The limited statutory warranties and commission-adopted performance standards apply unless the parties have an express written agreement for a greater warranty and/or more stringent performance standards.  The statutory language of Title 16 will be available from the Texas Legislature’s Web site: or from a law library. The performance standards will be available from the Texas Register, which is published by the Secretary of State’s office. The commission rules are found in Title 10, chapter 304 of the Texas Administrative Code, which can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s Web site:

Partial archive of the TRCC web here

*partial because it is not my duty

Interesting Fact

Sunset Advisory Commission Report to the 81st Legislature of the Texas Residential Construction Commission.... click here

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