• The Residential Construction Liability Act & The Texas Residential Construction Commission Act
  • June 25, 2007 | Authors: Chris E Ryman; Ian P. Faria
  • Law Firm: Coats Rose - Houston Office
  • One of the most important statutory schemes in Texas for homeowners, homebuilders and remodelers and their lawyers, is Chapter 27.001 et seq. of the Texas Property Code known as the Residential Construction Liability Act ("RCLA"). Initially created by the Texas legislature in 1989 in response to the crisis created by the seemingly emotional and irrational judgments rendered by juries, it was enacted to "provide a fair and appropriate balance with respect to the resolution of construction disputes between a residential contractor and an owner." Since its creation, the RCLA has been amended in 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, and in 2003, in an attempt to keep up with the ever evolving (but limited) judicial analysis of the statute and to maintain the balance it was created to achieve.