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The Ultimate April Fool’s Prank – Higher Flood Insurance Rates! (It’s a joke, right?)

Posted in Flood Damage, Legislature, Uncategorized

Normally, April 1st is known for being the one day when you can pull pranks on friends and co-workers and still escape the beating that would normally follow on any other day.  By merely yelling, “April Fools!”, you can escape judgment for all sorts of sins and misdeeds – all in the name of “good… Continue Reading

Citizens “Insurance” Lawyer – Bilking Money from Florida…and Laughing About It.

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Legislature, Uncategorized

 Sadly, although we knew that Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is overrun with corruption, recent news reflects that even we did not know how bad the situation has gotten.  Although the formation of Citizens Property Insurance may have initially been a good idea, it has since morphed into merely a “cash grab” for cronies of Governor… Continue Reading

Sinkhole Stabilization Repair Program – Only Suckers Need Apply

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Laws, Legislature, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

As part of an ongoing effort to give the shaft to Florida consumers, a bill was recently filed with the Florida Legislature which would greatly restrict – or even eliminate – the rights of property owners attempting to properly repair damage caused to their homes by sinkhole activity.  Senate Bill 416 (blandly titled, “Sinkhole Coverage”) is a… Continue Reading

Flood Insurance Crisis – Possible Help on the Horizon

Posted in Flood Damage, Insurance, Legislature, Uncategorized, Water Damage

By now, most Floridians have heard about – or even experienced – the incredible spike in flood insurance premiums that are coming their way due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.  In short, the Biggert-Waters act is a new federal law which attempts to address a $24 billion dollar deficit in the coffers of… Continue Reading

No Storm Claims? Let’s Jack up the Insurance Rates Anyway!

Posted in Hurricane, Insurance, Legislature, Tropical Storms, Uncategorized

Despite no major storms or hurricanes hitting Florida since 2005, Florida property insurance rates have continue to skyrocket over the past few years – with no end in sight.  Shockingly, a recent AP report showed that Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation has approved more than 100 rate hikes per year since 2009.  Where is the money going… Continue Reading

Citizens Property Insurance Ignores Neutral Evaluation Process

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Legislature, Neutral Evaluation, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Back in 2007, the insurance industry lobbied for the passage of an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for disputed sinkhole claims – a process which they cleverly entitled “Neutral Evaluation”.  The concept was that if there was a disagreement between a property owner and an insurance company as to any issue related to a sinkhole claim,… Continue Reading

Catastrophic Ground Cover Collapse Coverage? WORTHLESS!

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Legislature, Sinkhole

Back in the good old days of yore (which, at this point, was approximately 4 years ago), whenever an insurance company provided you with a policy of homeowner’s insurance, it automatically included coverage for any damage caused by sinkhole activity.  In 2007, as part of the insurance industry’s never ending attempt to limit coverage to its clients, insurance… Continue Reading

What is so “Neutral” about Neutral Evaluation?

Posted in Experts, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Legislature, Neutral Evaluation, Repair, Sinkhole

If you’ve filed an insurance claim for sinkhole related damage in the past few years in Florida, you’ve most likely seen the term “neutral evaluation” in various correspondence or heard the term mentioned by an insurance adjuster.  A few years ago, the Florida Legislature enacted a law whereby if there is a disagreement as to whether sinkhole activity… Continue Reading