Levying fines as high as $10,000, the Texas Residential Construction Commission recently took enforcement action against several Texas builders. The builders committed violations that included fraud or deceit in obtaining a builder registration, failure to register homes and dishonored payments to the commission.
The commission fined Richland Homes, Inc., of Richmond, Texas, $10,000 for failure to register homes as required by law and for a dishonored payment to the commission. SBC Kingsborough Fine Custom Homes Inc., of Round Rock, was fined $1,675 for a dishonored payment. Carlos Galvan of Eagle Pass, who operates under the name Galvan Construction, was fined a $1,000 for fraud or deceit in obtaining a registration. Quality Home Construction of Boerne, and Larry Fowler, whose company in Leonard operates as North Texas Drafting & Design, were each fined $800 for dishonored payments to the commission.
"The commission not only expects builders to be trustworthy, honest and to act with integrity. The law requires it," said Commission Chairman Patrick Cordero. "When builders and remodelers fail to meet their obligations, they will be fined appropriately. Just as importantly, information about their actions will be made public. And with more and more consumers using the commission's Web site for research, information that puts a builder in a negative light may also cause potential customers to ask more questions and ultimately hire a different builder or remodeler."
Texans can research potential builders by going to the commission's Web site, http://www.texasrcc.com. There, consumers can discover whether or not a builder or remodeler is registered and authorized to operate in Texas, how many projects they have registered with the commission, or the status of a builders' or remodelers' registration, including whether it was administratively withdrawn.