Tips for homeowners to get by with impacts of property insurance
Briona Arradondo reports
TAMPA, Fla. – Florida is about a week into a new landscape for property insurance reform to stabilize the insurance market, but experts said there’s still work ahead for homeowners to get relief.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed the changes into law last Friday, and insurance industry experts said it could take a year or more for premiums to go down.
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Barry said reducing fraud and excessive lawsuits are big stabilizing the market.
“Florida was the home of nearly 80% of the homeowner’s insurance property lawsuits in the nation. Eighty percent of them were occurring in Florida, and yet Florida was less than 10 percent of the total homeowner’s insurance claims being filed,” said Barry.
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Insurance experts said the reform changes could draw some insurers back who left.
“In the long term? The answer is hopefully yes. In the short term, it’s unclear because the new law is not retroactive,” said Barry.
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That helps companies, but Republican lawmakers who pushed legislation acknowledge some drawbacks that some Democrats like State Representative Lindsay Cross find one-sided.
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