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Citizens Policy Count Continues to Grow as Ian Approaches

Citizens Policy Count Continues to Grow as Ian Approaches

The policy count of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation reached 1,064,000 as of the end of last week as Ian began to organize. This represented an increase of 9,000 policies over the prior week’s policy count. The recent policy count underscores the substantial growth Citizens has seen as a result of problems plaguing the Florida market […]

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Lawsuits Continue to Plague Property Market

Lawsuits Continue to Plague Property Market

The Florida property insurance market continues to experience reduced availability and increasing prices due to extraordinary litigation levels.  Widely-discussed sources show that Florida has nearly 80% of the nation’s property insurance litigation despite having less than ten percent of the countrywide claims.  Stated differently, Florida had about 100,000 lawsuits last year, which vastly outpaced the […]

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Citizens Rate Disparity Likely to Grow

Citizens Rate Disparity Likely to Grow

The disparity between Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s rates and those in the admitted market is likely to grow.  Premiums have increased significantly in the admitted market in recent years, driven by well-documented problems with inflated, represented and litigated claims.  These concerns have been compounded by broader inflationary pressures in the economy, including supply chain disruptions […]

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Citizens Property Insurance Policy Count Continues to Increase

Citizens Property Insurance Policy Count Continues to Increase

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation continues to add policies at an alarming pace at the onset of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.  Citizens recently hit a weekly total of 12,000 new policies as its total policy count approaches 900,000.  With Citizens being the largest residential insurer in Florida, its current policy count is much higher than […]

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Citizens Heading Toward 1 Million Policies

Citizens Heading Toward 1 Million Policies

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s president Barry Gilway recently projected the organization’s policy count could reach between 1 million and 1.3 million policies in 2022.  Its policy count has been increasing steadily since late last year as adverse market conditions have eroded capital and reduced insurers’ willingness to write policies in several areas of the state. […]

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Made in America Tax Plan Causes Concerns in Florida

Made in America Tax Plan Causes Concerns in Florida

The “Made in America” tax plan is drawing considerable opposition from observers familiar with Florida’s property insurance market.  Its provisions labeled Stopping Harmful Inversions and Ending Low-tax Developments (SHIELD) are intended to close loopholes allowing corporations to avoid taxes through multi-national business structures.  The proposal would establish a global minimum tax of 15 to 21%. […]

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Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Continues to Grow

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Continues to Grow

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has continued to grow at a troubling rate in recent weeks.  Its policy count topped 660,000 policies at the end of July.  This represents an increase of about 23,000 policies compared to its June total, meaning Citizens continues to add policies at a rate of more than 5,000 per week. Citizens […]

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Committee Meetings Begin with Property Market Overview

Committee Meetings Begin with Property Market Overview

The Florida legislature is returning to Tallahassee and preparing for its upcoming 2021 legislative session.  Several key legislative committees hold hearings this week including the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. The agenda for this week’s Banking and Insurance Committee meeting consists of presentations by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and President and Chief Executive Office of […]

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Governor Signs AOB Reform Bill

Governor Signs AOB Reform Bill

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed HB 7065 reforming the use of assignments in Florida’s property insurance market. He also signed HB 337 relating to Florida’s court system and also accelerating the effective date of HB 7065’s attorney’s fee revisions. Most of the law changes relating to assignments of benefits (AOB) take effect July 1. However, […]

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Citizens Defers Action on Rates

Citizens Defers Action on Rates

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is delaying action on a proposed 2019 rate filing while it continues to look for ways to address concerns with assignments of benefits.  Citizens’ board recently decided to defer a proposed 7.9% statewide average increase for its personal residential programs.  The indicated rate need is much higher in some areas, but […]

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