Hadd Press Releases

Texas Builders Commission release new report on the abuse of arbitration in new home construction The newly created Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) approved new home warranty standards for home construction in Texas. These standards have been in work for almost a year,
yet fall short of providing adequate protection for new homebuyers.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 15, 2005 -- Historic Home Building Standards Adopted by the Newly Created Builders Commission. The newly created Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) approved new home warranty standards for home construction in Texas. These standards have been in work for almost a year,
yet fall short of providing adequate protection for new homebuyers.

December 31, 2004, National Homebuilder, KB Home Provides no Cost, non Binding, Arbitration for Construction Defects Disputes. Consumer Groups Question Motives. Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD), a national not for profit consumer advocacy organization in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, has again raised serious concerns about national homebuilder, KB Home¹s new arbitration policy recently sent to KB Home owners.

Dec 29, 2003 HISTORIC
TEXAS HOMEBUILDER LAW TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2004.
For the first
time in Texas history the Texas homebuilding industry will be regulated
by a newly created Texas Residential Construction Commission created solely
to address new home construction defects and abuse of consumers.

December 18, 2003.
Press Release: National Homebuilder, KB Home, to Remove Restrictions to
1st Amendment Rights.
KB Home, a national homebuilder, will remove
their restriction on homeowners to publically protest in the subdivision,
or on the internet.

November 19, 2003
Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings to testify in New Jersey State investigation
into widespread abuse of new home construction and inspections.
Tracey
Kelly, President HADD NJ, will testify at a hearing on abuse of new home
construction and inspections. This hearing is being conducted by the New
Jersey State Commission of Investigation.

August 15, 2003 TEXAS
LAWMAKER FINDS GOLD IN MOLD WHILE FILING TORT REFORMER BILL FOR INSURANCE
LOBBY.
For those in America wondering if toxic mold is just hype
based upon hysteria, the recent discovery of a Texas State Representative's
$300,000 mold claim for his $365,000 home should have you convinced.

July 18, 2003 NATIONAL
HOMEBUILDER'S (KB HOME) NEW ARBITRATION POLICY JUST MORE DECEPTION.
“KB
Home’s new arbitration policy is similar to offering a free carpet upgrade
to new homebuyers, while knowing it’s real use is to cover up a severely
cracked foundation.” says Nancy Seats, National President of HADD.

April 03, 2003. Texas: Press
Release: Homebuyer consumer group claims tort reform is the problem, not
the answer.
Tort reform has not limited construction defects, lowered
home prices, or insurance rates. Instead it has limited consumer's
access to the court system, limited their rights to recourse without the
need of an attorney, and devastated the financial well being of families.

Press Release: New study warns homebuyers
on the abuse of mandatory arbitration in new home contracts.
Houston
TX--02/25/03.  "Until the laws are changed to prohibit mandatory arbitration
clauses in new home contracts, the biggest investment of your life, the
"American Dream" will continue to have as much protection as buying stock
in Enron." (download the study at http://www.hadd.com/arbitration.pdf)

Press Release: Homeowner consumer group
raises concerns about builder bill.
HOUSTON, TX--02/15/03 "It is
encouraging to see the new home building industry has acknowledged the
laws in Texas do not provide adequate consumer protection for the biggest
investment of our lives. But for the builders to say this bill will be
"good for the consumers" must be taken with a grain of salt the size of
a water heater."

Press Release: Centex
Notifies California Centex Homeowners- They are not bound by Mandatory
Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, provisions in Centex Sales Agreement
MADERA, CA--01/15/03 HADD National Director, Sandy Skipper-Lopez (Madera, California),
and attorney Douglas Grinnell (San Diego, California) are pleased with
the outcome of the Centex Lawsuit and hope it serves as a reminder to other
mass-production builders and contractors, that taking away homeowners'
constitutional rights is not an avenue for safe residential construction.

Press Release. New Home
Warranties. Deception or Protection?. 
HOUSTON,
TX -- 01/01/03. Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD), a national
non-profit consumer advocacy organization released a new report identifying
extreme limitations and loopholes in new home warranties. The report, "New
Home Warranties. Deception or Protection?" analyzes the warranties used
by the majority of builders in Texas and highlights the limitations, exclusions,
and unreasonable maintenance requirements common to each warranty. (download
the report at http://www.hadd.com/warranty.pdf)