News Flash – Lake Levels Fluctuate!

News Flash -Lake Levels Can Change - Hay Bail Sitting in Stock PondIf you are buying a lakefront home the Texas Legislature now requires the real estate contract to notify you that Lake Levels Fluctuate!  This is another example of the government protecting us from ourselves and lawyers making money.  My opinion is if you so ignorant that you didn’t know this by the third grade, you probably shouldn’t buy real estate. In case you were wondering, here is a list of lakes that would be affected  from the lakes and reservoirs section of the Texas Almanac. There could be others but the point is,  the sun shines causing droughts, rain falls causing flooding and sometimes a city or other entity pumps water out like crazy, especially during a Texas summer. 

Statutory Notice of Water Level Fluctuations Contract Language

House Bill 1665 enacted by the 84th Legislature adds Section 5.019 to the Property Code. This section requires a seller of residential or commercial property that adjoins a lake, reservoir, or other impoundment of water with a normal operating capacity of 5,000 acre-feet or more to give the buyer a statutorily prescribed form of notice on or before the effective date of the contract.

If the notice is not given, the buyer may terminate the contract for any reason within seven days after receiving the notice from the seller or information described by the notice from any other person. After the date of conveyance, the buyer may bring an action against the seller for misrepresentation if the seller failed to give the notice before the conveyance and had actual knowledge that the water level fluctuates. This provision becomes effective September 1, 2015.

Until revised contract forms addressing this statutory requirement are adopted by the Commission, license holders may insert the following language in the Special Provisions paragraph of a contract if a property adjoins such a body of water.


The water level of the impoundment of water adjoining the Property fluctuates for various reasons, including as a result of: (1) an entity lawfully exercising its right to use the water stored in the impoundment; or (2) drought or flood conditions.

For more common sense concerning Texas real estate contact Van Alstyne Realtor, Keith Laursen.

About Keith Laursen

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