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Updated flood insurance regulations now in effect

Wednesday, April 6, 2016  
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On April 1, a number of changes occured as part of the 2014 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. These updates fix a great many of the problems from the 2012 Biggert Waters legislation, such as the sharp and near immediate increase in flood insurance rates. The changes taking place this week are a part of the gradual implementation of new and unsubsidized rates.

Highlights of the changes include:

  • Updated premium rates conforming to HFIAA premium rate caps;
  • Implementation of 25 percent rate increases for policies covering non-residential business properties;
  • Increased Federal Policy Fee for all policies and increased Reserved Fund Assessment for Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs);
  • New premium increases and rating procedures for PRPs, and policies rated under the Newly Mapped procedure;
  • New base premium tables, replacing the previous premium tables, for PRPs and policies rated under the Newly Mapped procedure;
  • Revised PRP/Newly Mapped Application form showing the premium calculations;
  • Elimination of subsidies for certain pre-Flood Insurance Rate Map properties with policies that lapse and are reinstated;
  • Clarifications concerning reformation of coverage; and
  • Updated declarations page requirements.

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