Californians wonder if fire hardening will make it easier to get homeowners’ insurance

Fire hardening - Wildfires

Creating a program to incentivize homeowners to mitigate the risk of wildfires has potential. Californians across the state are trying to do what they can to spare their homes from wildfire risk, and some are looking to fire hardening in the hopes of becoming more acceptable to homeowners’ insurance companies. Insurers are becoming increasingly risk averse in the state when it comes to protecting from wildfire. Californian homeowners have been watching their premiums spiking and many are at a risk of having their coverage cancelled altogether. The wildfires in the…

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Hurricanes and lawsuits to send Florida homeowners insurance rates higher

Florida homeowners insurance rates - home - car - US dollar

Another busy storm season and rising claims litigation explain insurer policy premiums hikes. Florida homeowners insurance rates will be heading upward for policyholders across the central part of the state next year. Insurers point to consecutive active hurricane seasons and a steadily rising claims litigation trend to explain the rising prices. Insurance companies face higher expenses due to the continual record-setting hurricane seasons. The state has suffered damage from several record-setting hurricane seasons. Between those damage claims and the rising lawsuits regarding those claims, insurers are raising Florida homeowners insurance…

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National Flood Insurance Program problems remain despite recent extension

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NFIP continues to be riddled with challenges even as the White House pushed its expiry date. Last week, the White House signed a resolution to extend NFIP, but the National Flood Insurance Program problems are still there regardless. NFIP’s latest extension will keep it from expiring until September 30, 2021. Of course, giving it another year hasn’t made all the other National Flood Insurance Program problems disappear. Still, at least it has purchased another twelve months in which to protect those in high risk areas from having to go without…

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Governor Newsom declares California state of emergency in three counties

California state of emergency - Wildfire in California

The alert is regarding the Glass and Zogg wildfires which threaten Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a California state of emergency in three counties as a result of the Glass and Zogg fires. Those wildfires have already killed three people and have torched their way through thousands of acres since last Sunday. The governor included Napa, Sonoma and Shasta in his statement and sent a letter to President Trump. In Governor Newsom’s letter regarding the California state of emergency in the three counties, he addressed…

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Edison must pay insurers $1.16B for Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides

Thomas Fire - Money burning

The power company announced the settlement of the lawsuit with insurance companies. Southern California Edison has announced that it has reached a settlement with insurance companies that sued it over the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide disasters. The utility will pay $1.16 billion to insurers over the disasters in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Edison announced this settlement in a news release in which it explained that the agreement was not an admission of any wrongdoing or liability. “We are making significant progress toward resolving wildfire-related litigation,” stated president and…

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California wildfire risk increases homeowners’ insurance challenge

California wildfire risk - homes near fire

Insurers are facing massive losses and have been withdrawing from areas prone to fires. The California wildfire risk has been causing problems for homeowners in the state that extend beyond the devastation left behind by the widespread uncontrolled blazes that are becoming increasingly problematic. As massive blazes become more commonplace, the cost associated with them is sending insurers away. Due to the California wildfire risk, insurers are falling out of love with the opportunity to insurer the properties there, particularly in areas most prone to the fires. “The marketplace has…

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Ben Affleck movie insurance battle takes off following production delay

Ben Affleck movie insurance - Ben Affleck

The film’s producers are in a coverage fight with their insurer, Chubb, over pandemic postponements. Hollywood producers have launched a battle with insurer Chubb over a Ben Affleck movie insurance policy’s coverage of pandemic delays. The producers sued the insurer last week over its refusal to extend the policy’s coverage for the delay. The Ben Affleck movie insurance policy is set to expire in October, but the film’s production has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the producers sough to extend their insurance coverage for the…

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