Texas Governor signs HB697 relating to Seller’s Disclosure Notice regarding fuel gas piping on residential real property, leading TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) to amend the Sellers Disclosure Notice effective September 1, 2023. The Seller’s Disclosure Notice requires sellers to disclose information about their property prior to or at the time a sales contract is executed.

Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) updates 22 TAC 537.62 Standard Contract Form TREC No. OP-H Seller’s Disclosure Notice to comply with the requirements of HB697 which adds a disclosure related to gas piping to the statutorily required notice of the type of gas piping as either – Black Iron Pipe, or Copper, or Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) .

The disclosure of the type of gas piping in residential homes will allow the potential home owner awareness of the possible dangers or make a choice to retrofit the piping to a safer alternative.

We are grateful for the increased public awareness caused by HB 697. After eleven years, we learned that our heart, courage and commitment were an unfair match against the industry’s coalition. We hope for more stringent consequences regarding the continued use of CSST and the injury, death and destruction that results from damaged CSST gas piping can be eliminated.