Nearly two weeks ago, the Sunset Advisory Commission said what TRCC opponents have been wanting to hear: The agency should be abolished because it is "fundamentally flawed."
The decision has brought praise from those who contend the TRCC was created to protect home builders instead of homeowners. Those who support the agency, including the bill's sponsor, disagree, saying it provides statewide building standards that did not exist in Texas and prevents unnecessary litigation.
The sunset report also sets up a fight in next year's legislative session between lawmakers who want to abolish the commission and those who want it to remain intact.
With the support of home builders, the TRCC was established to create a system to resolve disputes between builders and homeowners before they headed to court.
The advisory commission's report, however, said only 12 percent of cases in which the state has sent inspectors to review alleged defects have resulted in a "satisfactory offer or repair or compensation over the life of the program."
Duane Waddill, the TRCC's executive director, said the 12 percent figure has increased to about 34 percent in the last six months. He said that if the agency, which averages about 1,000 complaints a year, is abolished, it would clear about 28,000 builders from regulatory oversight.