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Unknowingly voiding home and car insurance

The price comparison website found that a quarter of people in the UK (25 per cent) are unaware that posting a holiday picture on social media could void their home insurance. With 27.8 million households in the country, this equates to nearly seven million home insurance policies at risk of becoming invalid.

Alongside this, one in five people (21 per cent) are unaware that driving with a pet unsecured can also void a car insurance policy.

These are the top 5 ways people have unknowingly voided their home insurance:

  1. Left window open when leaving the house/flat (31%)
  2. Posted a picture on social media whilst on holiday (25%)
  3. Put your house up for sale without notifying your home insurer (20%)
  4. Renovated your house/flat without notifying your insurer (17%)
  5. Left a door unlocked when leaving the house/flat (16%)

    These are the top 5 ways people have unknowingly voided their car insurance:

    1. Driven with a pet on the seat unrestrained (21%)
    2. Changed jobs/job title and not informed your insurer (19%)
    3. Had an accident that has damaged your car and not informed your insurer (14%)
    4. Moved to a new house and not told your car insurer (9%)
    5. Provided insurer with an incorrect mileage estimation (9%

      These are the top 5 ways people have unknowingly voided their car insurance:

      1. Driven with a pet on the seat unrestrained (21%)
      2. Changed jobs/job title and not informed your insurer (19%)
      3. Had an accident that has damaged your car and not informed your insurer (14%)
      4. Moved to a new house and not told your car insurer (9%)
      5. Provided insurer with an incorrect mileage estimation (9%)

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What’s actually covered by homeowner’s insurance? The answer is critical once disaster strikes. That’s when you will need to know when your insurance company will come to your aid and when the repairs will have to come out of your own pocket. Policies vary somewhat, so start by reviewing the declarations page of your homeowner’s policy, which provides a summary of your coverage, deductibles and how claims are paid. Still not sure what’s covered and what isn’t? Call your agent. Add to your knowledge now by taking this quiz to see how well you really understand what’s covered by typical homeowner’s insurance policies.

Your neighbor’s oak tree isn’t quite as mighty as the derecho that swept through your area. It landed on your garage, which is now flatter than the tires on the car inside of it. Your homeowner’s policy will pay for:
  • A. Your garage
  • B. Your garage and your car
  • C. Your garage and removal of the tree
  • D. Nothing

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Fort Lauderdale & South Florida should be concerned as the Cat fund has 17 Billion or so, why would this be needed unless the State has other Financial issues to deal with?

With hurricane season barreling down on Florida, the state is seizing on low interest rates to borrow $2.25 billion for its catastrophe insurance fund.

The State Board of Administration Finance Corp. is joining state and local governments that have rushed to sell bonds since yields tumbled this year to the lowest in decades. While rates have edged up over the past three weeks, benchmark 10-year debt is still yielding only about 0.8%, matching the lows seen before the pandemic upended financial markets in March.

“The market has been extraordinarily strong on the demand side and interest rates are very low — those two things don’t normally go hand and glove,” Ben Watkins, Florida’s director of bond finance, said in an interview. “From an historical perspective, this is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The pace of debt sales surged as rates tumbled in July, with the volume of new municipal bond offerings jumping 58% from a year earlier to about $46 billion that month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Even with the uptick in rates since then, sales have stayed strong, with another $41 billion issued this month.

The offering will be the first since 2016 by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which acts as a backstop for the state’s insurance market.

The move to shore up the fund comes as scientists anticipate that climate change will cause more damaging hurricanes.

The Florida fund is estimated to incur total losses of about $8 billion from Hurricanes Irma and Michael, which hit the state in 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to projections as of June 30.

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The Fla.-owned insurer wrote to customers who haven’t made payments due to COVID-19 that they must pay all money owed by Aug. 15 or face cancellation.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s state-run insurer of last resort says it’s time to pay up.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers who have been unable to make their homeowner insurance payments because of a COVID-19-related hardship will have to come up with a way to fulfill their obligations or face cancellation after Aug. 15, the company said in letters sent to agents and customers this month.

As of July 17, 13,063 Citizens customers – about 7.5% of the company’s 481,000 policies – were past due, according to the company. They include 8,107 whose policies were renewed with no down payment since March, leaving customers owing hundreds if not thousands of past-due dollars.

Some agents worry that continued high rates of unemployment will prevent many of those homeowners from resuming making payments next month, causing them to lose their insurance just as the worst part of the hurricane season approaches.

Homeowners with mortgages would then face having their lender force-place an insurance policy, a more costly option which would increase the debt and possibly lead to foreclosure. Homeowners without mortgages would bear the cost of their own repairs – if they could afford it.

Making matters worse, the resumption of cancellations and nonrenewals comes amid skyrocketing renewal rates – a result of heightened hurricane activity, claims fraud and rising costs for insurance that insurers must buy.

“Payments have been deferred and people are still not working. How are they going to pay?” asks Dulce Suarez-Resnick, vice president of NCF Insurance Associates in Miami. “We all thought this pandemic was going to last two or three months. But it’s been much longer and we don’t know when it’s going to end.”

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Consumer advocate calls for auto insurers to provide more premium relief

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has requested that auto insurers in Michigan further reduce premiums for their customers to account for reduced driving activity and accidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) ordered all auto insurers to either issue refunds or premium waivers to consumers.

Read more: Governor, Department of Insurance mandate insurer rebates

But the CFA believes that insurers can do more to compensate drivers, especially since the pandemic-driven lockdowns have led to drastically reduced driving activity and less roadside collisions – while insurers continued to charge regular rates.

“They are sitting on this coronavirus windfall, and they need to give it back,” CFA national insurance expert Doug Heller told MLive.

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Retroactive business interruption measures could bankrupt US insurers in two months

Global pandemics like COVID-19 have been deemed uninsurable by private insurers. The sheer size and unpredictability of pandemic events makes them nigh on impossible for the industry to apply a standard underwriting practice to. For that reason, most standard insurance contracts around the world include clear policy wording that excludes coverage for pandemic and communicable diseases.

Despite common virus and bacteria exclusions, a significant number of lawsuits and class actions have been filed against US insurers for denying business interruption claims resulting from coronavirus-related losses. The industry has taken a united stance in that they cannot pay claims on insurance policies for which they collected no premiums due to the virus and bacteria exclusions, but that has not stopped some policymakers from suggesting retroactive measures that would essentially force insurers to rewrite contracts and pay out business interruption losses.

The suggestion of retroactive measures has caused major concern in the industry, with executives like Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg suggesting it would “bankrupt the industry”.

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The number of traffic crashes in Florida dropped by 50% in April compared to the same time last year, according to highway officials.

With residents holed up at home, working remotely and running fewer errands, rush hour traffic has dipped considerably. Shuttered bars and restaurants has meant fewer drunk drivers on the roads. Florida drivers were involved in 16,191 crashes last month compared to 33,692 in April 2019, according to data from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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If your carrier is experiencing 100% or more from claims last year, then expect huge rate hikes this year. Not counting Reinsurance hikes this summer, rates could jump 30-40% for the next 2 years!!! Do you need to shop your Insurance, Home, Auto, Life or Long Term Care, I can help you understand and shop rates, premiums, coverages or the lack thereof.

The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm.

After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech announced April 2 that the remaining carriers that had yet to be decided were affirmed (see chart) because of enhancements to their business models

On March 30, Demotech affirmed the ‘A’ financial stability ratings of the following companies: Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Centauri Specialty Insurance Co., Cypress Property & Casualty, Safepoint Insurance Co., and Tower Hill Signature Insurance Co. Also affirmed were Tower Hill Select Insurance Co. and Omega Insurance Co., after their merger into Tower Hill Signature was approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on March 25.

Since Demotech sounded the alarm in January that as many as 18 Florida carriers could see downgrades due to deteriorating insurance market conditions in the state, the ratings firm said several actions have been taken: one company was downgraded, one company was acquired by a carrier with an FSR of A; five companies were merged into carriers with FSRs of A, and an additional nine companies enhanced their business models.

The specific actions include:

  • Anchor P&C Assigned an FSR of M – ceased operations
  • Anchor Specialty FSR of A – Acquired by insurer with FSR of A
  • Omega FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Tower Hill Select FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Cypress TX FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Prepared FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A

Demotech said other carriers “aggressively enhanced the capability of their business models to respond to the anticipated continuation of jurisdictional and weather-related challenges, the substantial increase in reinsurance costs during 2019, the likely increase in the cost of reinsurance in 2020, and the cost of the Rapid Cash Buildup Program of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.”

Those companies include:

  • Centauri Specialty FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Centauri National FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Safepoint FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Gulfstream P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Avatar P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Capitol Preferred FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Security First FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Tower Hill Signature FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Cypress P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced

“Our view of Florida’s current residential property insurance marketplace is that the numerous financial and market based criteria that affect Florida residential property insurance have never been more difficult for carriers to navigate since we first rated Florida focused carriers in 1996. The marketplace as well as carrier-specific financial metrics drove the need to consider downgrades,” Demotech said in an April 2 report on its ratings decisions.

The ratings firm said it asked certain Florida insurers to provide projections of their year-end 2019 financials immediately after it finished reviewing third quarter results in November last year. At that time, it also asked those insurers to answer two questions based on the following Florida-specific circumstances: 1. the lingering impact of the judicial activism of the past; 2. the litany of named weather events; 3. increases in the cost of reinsurance, and 4. the specter of additional increases in the cost of reinsurance in 2020.

The questions posed to companies were:

  • Will you continue to be focused on residential property insurance in Florida?
  • If so, based upon the conditions in the marketplace and the operating results that will emanate from those conditions, how will you revise your business model, or otherwise position your company, to combat more of those same conditions in the future?

Demotech said carrier responses used to make ratings decisions included documentation of the company’s jurisdictional diversification, voluntary runoff, marketing existing books of business to other carriers, merging affiliates, or securing assistance.

“The management teams of these carriers have fought the conditions in the most difficult operating jurisdiction in the country to a draw,” the Demotech statement says. “They have addressed the needs of policyholders, investigated and settled claims, paid their employees, producers, and reinsurers, met with us, negotiated with reinsurers for their 2020 programs, and filed timely financial statements in an orderly manner.”

Demotech said it reviewed public and private financial information of companies, including:

  • Managing general agency contract and financial statements, when necessary
  • Holding company financial statements, when necessary
  • Actuarial reports and documents containing appreciably more detail than the actuarial opinion letter, which is a public document
  • Independent audits
  • Anticipated operating results in the form of pro forma financials in a prescribed format
  • Claims adjusting details and reports
  • Litigation services
  • Asset and investment management contracts
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Catastrophe response plans
  • Catastrophe modelling output
  • A preliminary review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • A final review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • Review of rate level indications
  • Personal financial statements of key financial supporters.
  • On-site meetings with reinsurers
  • On-site meetings with companies\

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So many issues of Property coverage, claims, who will pay, Timeframes, and so much more. Please click on the link below and know what to watch out for.

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