Changes to Homeowners Insurance Rules in California
More Options for Homeowners and Insurance Market Stability
California is looking to implement new rules for homeowners insurance carriers to address the challenges faced by insurance companies and provide homeowners with more options. The proposed changes aim to retain insurance companies within the state, ensuring a stable insurance market and offering homeowners a wider range of coverage choices. These changes come in response to the departure of major insurance companies and the increased enrollment in the California FAIR Plan, the state’s insurer of last resort.
The article from HousingWire highlights that seven out of the twelve largest insurance companies in California have either paused or restricted new policies due to the escalating risks associated with wildfires and rising construction costs. This has resulted in limited options for homeowners and a surge in enrollment in the California FAIR Plan.
The proposed changes would allow insurers to consider climate change and reinsurance costs when setting their rates. However, they would still require permission from the state to make rate adjustments. Furthermore, companies would only be allowed to use these new rules if they write more policies for individuals residing in wildfire-prone areas.