6/27/14: Citizens Insurance Corp. board approves 2015 rates

June 28, 2014

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Board of Governors on Wednesday approved a 2015 rate package that reflects an overall average 2.9 percent statewide decrease for personal residential policyholders.

Single-family homeowners will see an average drop of 3.2 percent for the coming year under a slate of rate recommendations that must be approved later by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

Overall, personal and commercial rates will decrease by 1 percent.

Sinkhole rates in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties will remain the same for 2015. Sinkhole policyholders in Hernando County, which continues to have the highest loss ratio in the state, will increase by 10 percent.

Florida hasn’t had a major storm in eight years, and a “glide path” of increased insurance premiums has increased Citizens’ profits. Reinsurance costs – insurance policies taken out by insurers to offset any major loss – are also at historic lows.

The statewide average homeowners multi-peril premium proposed for 2015 is $2,379, down from an average of $2,538 in 2014 – a $159 yearly savings.

The recommended 2015 rates will be submitted to the Office of Insurance Regulation, which must approve Citizens’ rates before they take effect.

Rate increases of non-sinkhole coverage are capped at 10 percent by statute. The cap does not include statutorily required payments to build up cash reserves in the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (CAT Fund), the state’s reinsurance agency.

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