A fight between some construction companies and Texas bankers may have to wait until the next legislative session to be resolved. That was the tone of a hearing this week in the Texas Senate where bankers made the case that even though it sounds like a simple concept, it is a tough issue when you “get into the weeds” of it.
Construction trade groups, chiefly the Texas Construction Association, support a bill by Senator Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, which would require lenders to give notice when funding is being pulled from a project. Deuell said that he felt all the stakeholders had negotiated in good faith to try to craft legislation that solves the problem. Testimony was offered Tuesday morning to the effect that when a lender decides there will be no more disbursement of funds on a project, they are not required to notify any of the companies doing the work. Sometimes weeks or months go by before the construction companies on a project realize they are not going to be paid for that work.
Rich Thomas, a construction lawyer in Dallas, testified before the Senate Business and Commerce Committee stating, "The problem is in the rare situation whenever there's a default.” He said in the event a lender makes the decision to stop funding a project, construction companies get the short end of the stick. "When the lender does not tell the general contractor, that's wrong," he said. Read more » about Senate Committee Hears Lender Notice Bill