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CORRECTION: New homes to be registered with state, County has no say

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In the May 15th article by Joey Dauben, the following information was incorrect:

“Beginning Sept. 1, every new home constructed will be required to register with the state, according to Paul Cauduro of the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas and Ellis Counties.”

Actually, registration of new homes has been required since January 2004.

Cauduro told county commissioners Monday the new law would require unincorporated areas – counties – to establish an inspection process for new home construction.

Not true. Starting September 1, 2008, builders and remodelers are required to hire inspectors to evaluate new homes and qualified remodeling projects constructed in unincorporated areas or in cities that do not provide municipal inspections.

Under certain sections of House Bill 1038, the TRCC requires builders to hire state-assigned inspectors from the pouring of concrete phase to the framing phase, all in hopes that construction would be of a higher quality.

Builders and remodelers are required to use a licensed engineer, a registered architect, a professional inspector licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, or a third-party inspector qualified to conduct alleged construction defect inspections for the commission.

County Judge Chad Adams, during the hour-long discussion on the matter, pointed to unfunded mandates coming from Austin and pointed out Ellis County’s role in the new law would be minimal.

"I can see frustrations over the next year due to these unfunded mandates," Adams said. "I don’t want [Ellis County] to have any policing on this until all the ‘bugs’ are worked out."

Patrick Fortner
Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs

Texas Residential Construction Commission
(512) 463-9934
(877) 651-TRCC (8722)

(512) 463-9507 fax

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