The Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee met January 17. Three new officers were elected to serve in committee leadership:
- Lee Warren, chair
- Scott Regan, vice-chair
- Steven Rinehart, secretary
The committee also appointed two chairs to two subcommittees:
- Shawn Emerick, Education Subcommittee
- Steven Rinehart, Standards of Practice
Texas Practicum Evaluation Form in Development
The TREIC Education Subcommittee is interested in specific feedback regarding the experience students have taking the Texas Practicum. In an effort to obtain this information, the committee is developing a Texas Practicum Course Evaluation Form for students to provide feedback to the Commission, as well as providers and inspector instructors who offer the Texas Practicum.
Instructor Course Credit for Ride-Along Courses for CE
TREIC recommended the Commission propose a change to Section 535.218 during its February 13 meeting that would extend the amount of time an instructor of a ride-along inspection course can submit documentation to obtain Continuing Education (CE) credit from one week to within the term of their current license period.
Proposal to Clarify Delivery Deadlines for Inspection Reports
Last year, TREIC recommended a change to Section 535.222(a)(2) to clarify the two-day inspection report delivery deadline. The change clarifies that in instances where payments are provided in full prior to the inspection, the inspector is required deliver the report to the client within two days of completion of the inspection. The committee recommended the Commission propose this change and the recommendation will be up for proposal at the Commission’s next meeting in February.
Once changes are proposed, a public comment period will open so you can provide feedback, which is shared with TREIC for discussion.
Proposed Amendments to Section 535.223, Standard Inspection Report Form
In November, the Commission proposed amendments to Section 535.223 to clarify that when multiple boxes are checked for a particular item on the Property Inspection Report Form (REI 7-6), the inspector must also document the reason for checking multiple boxes. The proposed amendments also remove single-system inspections from the list of exemptions—meaning the requirements in Section 535.223 would apply to those inspections.
TREIC reviewed the public comments it received on the proposals. Ultimately, the committee voted to move forward without any changes made in response to those comments. The committee recommends the Commission adopt the proposed changes at its next meeting in February.
TREIC also reviewed an instructional document that will help explain how inspectors should fill out the inspection report form based on these changes to 535.223. Once the amendments are adopted, that form will be available on the website for inspectors to reference.
Where to Find Meeting Materials
Find meeting materials on the meeting page.
Upcoming Meeting Information
The next TREIC meeting is April 18 at 10 a.m. in Austin, or you can stream it live virtually. In accordance with normal Commission practice, any meeting materials will be available on the TREC website before the meeting. To participate by providing public comment virtually during the meeting, please email us by 5 p.m. CT on April 17 along with the agenda item number you wish to speak on.