AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Senate voted to bring an end to the Texas Residential Construction Commission. It is widely expected that the House will agree. The TRCC has been embroiled in controversy since its inception in 2003. Consumers hailed today’s action as a major victory for Texas homeowners.
“The TRCC was built on a faulty foundation. It has finally been condemned and will be demolished,” said Alex Winslow, Executive Director of Texas Watch, a statewide consumer group that has advocated an end to the agency. “Bringing an end to this feckless state agency will enable lawmakers, homebuilders, and consumers to start the process of building real reforms that ensure builder accountability, quality building standards, and true oversight and regulation of the homebuilding industry.”
Last summer, the Sunset Commission staff recommended abolishing the agency citing its lack of public support and apparent inability to help consumers. This came after a 2005 Comptroller’s report which also called for an end to the agency. Despite efforts by the homebuilding lobby to save the TRCC, it finally became apparent to lawmakers that the TRCC was fundamentally flawed and should be scrapped.
“Today’s Senate votes marks the end of a long battle to restore the rights of homeowners,” said Winslow. “The TRCC was built to protect builders – not homeowners. We need to start from scratch to create real protections that ensure homes are built to the highest possible standards and hold bad builders accountable.”
The Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) will cease to exist on February 1, 2010.