Texas to get tough on Home Improvement Contractor Fraud

New legislation has been introduced to overhaul the Texas Residential Construction Commission. Bill 1686 is designed to give more protection to homeowners and seniors in particular.

The bill highlights:

  • all home builders to be registered with the TRCC
  • all home improvement contractors doing work over $2500 to be registered
  • free TRCC complaint process for homeowners
  • criminal charges can be laid against offending contractors
  • establishment of a recovery fund to help provide relief from certain types of damages
  • much more …

From a statement released by the Texas House of Representatives:

There are many reputable builders and remodeling contractors who do a good job on home improvement projects. For those who don’t, we’re putting some teeth in the law so that homeowners will be protected … There have been too many horror stories of contractors who have taken money from elderly homeowners and left the job half-done, or not done at all. This Bill would put a stop to that kind of scam.
State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon (District 120, San Antonio)

Read the actual Bill (PDF).

Rep. McClendon’s Press Release.

Detailed report on HomeOwners for Better Building, a consumer action site.

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