J Lowe Law is a construction law firm that has been helping homeowners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers, and design professionals resolve construction disputes for more than 18 years. Our construction law attorneys have extensive experience with residential and commercial projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Leveraging years of experience providing effective and efficient representation in construction and design claims, we have built an impressive track record of results for our clients.
Our construction law attorneys maintain clear lines of communication to reach well-informed decisions with our clients’ best interests in mind. We pride ourselves in being extremely well-rounded and skilled in all areas of construction law. Also, our attorneys have a great deal of experience representing homeowners and contractors in construction and design claims involving the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act (RCLA). Additionally, we have an excellent track record defending and prosecuting claims on various commercial and residential projects, including mixed-use high-rise buildings, condominiums, road and bridge construction, airports, parking garages, schools, hotels, multi-family properties, retail construction, and many more.
Our firm has experience representing a range of individuals and companies in construction matters and disputes, including:
We represent clients across all aspects of the construction industry, including homeowners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design firms, engineers, architects, suppliers, and other related professionals. Through our extensive experience and expertise, we represent clients in all phases of construction, from drafting and negotiation of contracts to resolving issues that may arise during construction. We are well-versed in litigation and dispute resolution should the need arise, including construction defects, design claims, and many more. We are geared towards obtaining maximum protection and recovery for our clients.
Our construction attorneys are dedicated to resolving disputes with alternative resolution strategies, including arbitration, mediation, and other options, but are highly skilled in representing clients in trial before a judge or jury, when necessary.
Chapter 27 of the Texas Property Code addresses residential construction liability. Unfortunately, residential construction defects can be common. To initiate a formal claim against a builder/contractor, a homeowner must follow the statutory procedures outlined in Chapter 27 of the Texas Property Code. In 1989, the Texas Legislature enacted Chapter 27 “to promote settlement between homeowners and contractors, and to afford contractors the opportunity to repair their work in the face of dissatisfaction.” Chapter 27 is a mandatory statute and must be followed to make a valid claim against a builder/contractor. Chapter 27 applies to both new home construction and residential remodel projects, and is applicable to both the original homeowner and any subsequent home purchaser. A new home contract or remodel contract subject to Chapter 27 must contain a disclosure statement in at least 10 bold font outlining the Chapter 27 requirements. Failure to include this notice in the contract subjects the builder/contractor to a penalty of $500.00.
A chapter 27 claim is initiated by preparing and sending a formal notice to the builder/contractor by certified mail at the builder/contractor’s last known address, specifying in reasonable detail the construction defects and cost to repair, if known. If available, the notice should be supported by evidence, such as inspection reports, photographs, video recordings, and repair estimates.
In response a homeowner’s Chapter 27 notice, the builder/contractor, upon written request, has the right to inspect, test, and document the defects. Within no later than 45 days after the builder/contractor receives the notice, the builder/contractor may make a written offer of settlement to the homeowner. The offer may include either an agreement by the builder/contractor to repair the defects or have the defects repaired by an independent contractor at the builder/contractor’s expense. The repairs must be made within 45 days from when the builder/contractor receives notice of acceptance of the offer by the homeowner. If the builder/contractor makes a written offer of which the homeowner deems unreasonable, the homeowner has 25 days to respond in writing to the builder/contractor outlining the basis for the rejection, thereby giving the builder/contractor an additional 10 days to present a counter-offer. If the homeowner rejects a reasonable offer or does not allow the builder/contractor an opportunity to inspect/repair the defects, the homeowner’s potential recovery through a lawsuit and/or arbitration will be limited to the original offer and the homeowner’s attorney’s fees will be limited to those incurred before the reasonable offer was made.
Chapter 27 limits the nature and type of damages a homeowner may recover against a builder/contractor to the following: (1) the reasonable cost to repair the construction defects; (2) the reasonable cost to repair or replace any damaged personal property caused by the construction defects; (3) reasonable and necessary engineering and consulting fees; (4) reasonable expense for temporary housing incurred during the repairs; (5) the reduction in current market value, if any, after the construction defects are repaired if the defects are structural in nature; and; (6) reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation costs. If the construction defects are greater than $7,500.00, a court may, upon filing a motion, compel the parties to mediate the dispute at the outset of litigation.
In conjunction with the Chapter 27 notice, the builder/contractor is typically placed on formal notice of any potential violations of the Texas Business and Commerce Code, Section 17, the “Deceptive Trade Practices Act” or also known as the “DTPA.” The DTPA is a consumer protection statute that protects consumers from false, misleading, or deceptive acts by a builder / contractor, to include the builder/contractor’s failure to honor either an express or implied warranty of habitability and/or good workmanship. The DTPA applies to the builder/contractor entity and any individuals who have violated the statute.
Our attorneys handle a wide range of construction law litigation and dispute resolution to resolve common construction claims, including:
At J Lowe Law, our skilled attorneys are familiar with all aspects of Texas construction law. From construction contract formation and review, construction insurance, to the litigation of construction claims involving residential and commercial projects, we are your one-stop shop for all your construction law requirements. Our construction law attorneys provide proactive legal advice and effective representation geared towards protecting and strengthening relationships involved in construction projects, both big and small.
We understand that construction disputes can impact the overall cost of projects. Additionally, claims can have a negative impact on integral business relationships moving forward. While we are proficient in representing our clients in court, our strength lies in the determination and resolution of construction disputes before litigation starts. We develop alternative dispute resolution interventions such as arbitration and mediation, ensuring resolution of dispute in the most-efficient, quickest, and cost-effective manner possible. Whether you are filing a construction claim, or you are facing such claims yourself, our attorneys at J Lowe Law will use their extensive knowledge to advance your best interests.