At least 1 Florida property insurance company unable to secure reinsurance by mid-June – ABC Action News Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — A fourth property insurance coverage firm working in Florida goes into receivership since February. Southern Constancy was unable to safe reinsurance for this upcoming hurricane season and a choose has declared the corporate bancrupt.
Two weeks after the deadline for property insurance coverage firms to submit reinsurance plans to ranking companies and the state’s workplace of insurance coverage regulation, no less than one firm has not been in a position to safe funding for the upcoming hurricane season.
Trade consultants informed ABC Motion Information they’re involved a few handful of different firms who took benefit of a deadline extension. Florida’s insurance coverage ranking company, Demotech, mentioned they count on to finish critiques of the opposite 39 property insurance coverage firms on Wednesday, June 15.
RECOMMENDED: Florida receivership presently dealing with 8K claims, 2K lawsuits in home-owner insurance coverage disaster
Reinsurance is basically insurance coverage for insurance coverage firms. With the intention to tackle the monetary burden of a whole bunch of 1000’s of properties, insurance coverage firms additionally obtain monetary backing from reinsurance firms.
The Insurance coverage Data Institute mentioned they have been knowledgeable about 10 firms that have been struggling to safe sufficient reinsurance. Southern Constancy Insurance coverage Firm misplaced its monetary ranking from Demotech on June 2.
Scores Supervisor Bob Warren informed ABC Motion Information they knew Southern Constancy wouldn’t have the ability to safe reinsurance for the 2022 hurricane season.
RECOMMENDED: ‘Below assault by fraudsters’: Florida’s insurance coverage trade is in bother, state CFO says
“It was apparent they have been having a really troublesome time placing collectively a suitable catastrophe reinsurance program and that resulted within the ranking withdrawal,” Warren mentioned.
A day after the ranking drop, the Florida Workplace of Insurance coverage Regulation (FLOIR) filed a consent order stating that Southern Constancy is in “hazardous monetary situation” and as a part of a “wind-down plan,” the corporate would offload its 78,000 Florida insurance policies to different non-public insurers within the state.
Nevertheless, ABC Motion Information realized Wednesday afternoon that the corporate doesn’t have the funds for to help its current Florida insurance policies any longer and they’re now deemed bancrupt.
An affidavit referral from FLOIR states that Southern Constancy would want to liquidate property and it nonetheless wouldn’t be sufficient.
This implies the Florida Insurance coverage Assure Affiliation will choose up its current claims and prospects must get new insurance coverage.
Lutz House owner Mary Kilgore is without doubt one of the 78,000 prospects affected. This yr, her premium went up $2,602 {dollars} to $4,393. On June 13, she nonetheless had not heard something from Southern Constancy concerning the way forward for her insurance coverage.
I haven’t heard one phrase about that,” Kilgore informed ABC Motion Information reporter Stassy Olmos, “Nothing, nothing. You’re the primary individual to say something.”
Southern Constancy is only one of a number of property insurance coverage firms ending enterprise in Florida within the final six months. Avatar, St. Johns, and Lighthouse are all in liquidation. FedNat dropped 68,000 insurance policies, almost half their prospects, and Lexington Insurance coverage pulled out of the state.
In the meantime, a number of others have stopped writing new enterprise in elements or the entire state, together with Florida Farm Bureau, TypTap, United, Folks’s Belief, Common, Heritage, Progressive, Safeport, and Wilshire.
“When firms go into receivership, or they’re having problem, we’re discovering {that a} bigger proportion of these insurance policies usually are not discovering a spot within the non-public market, however they’re coming to Residents,” defined Michael Peltier, spokesperson for the state-backed Residents Property Insurance coverage, who has been including about 6,000 new insurance policies every week.
“We had a blip of about 12,000 insurance policies just a few weeks in the past,” Peltier defined.
Half of these prospects got here from Lighthouse, bringing the corporate’s complete to almost 893,000 insurance policies as of June 13.
RECOMMENDED: Florida roofing firm encourages home-owner to make insurance coverage declare for storm harm through textual content
“Lots of our members are having to get their appointment with Residents Property Insurance coverage with the intention to fulfill the wants of their prospects as a result of in some circumstances, they merely haven’t any choices in any respect,” Kyle Ulrich, president and CEO of the Florida Affiliation of Insurance coverage Brokers mentioned.
A research referred to as ‘Florida’s P&C Insurance coverage Market: Spiraling Towards Collapse’, commissioned by the Senate Banking and Insurance coverage Committee discovered that of the $15 billion that went to litigated claims since 2015:

Final yr… we had over 100,000 property lawsuits within the state of Florida… all 49 different states mixed had 25,000 property lawsuits,” Ulrich exclaimed. “So the reinsurers who’re placing their capital right here in Florida, to help the home insurance coverage market, have mainly mentioned, ‘We’re not doing this anymore.’”
The Insurance coverage Data Institute provides that even when firms are in a position to get reinsurance, householders will seemingly really feel the impacts.
Many Florida residential insurers which are shopping for reinsurance applications for 2022 are spending way more than they projected as a result of the reinsurance market seems to be at Florida as being so risky,” defined Mark Friedlander, a spokesperson for Insurance coverage Data Institute
That value will present up on home-owner’s premiums.
We perceive a number of firms in the event that they have not already finished so, are planning to file important charge will increase to cowl these larger reinsurance bills,” he defined.
Kilgore is now working to get extra data on new insurance coverage.
“A brand new firm, nice. How a lot is that gonna cost me?” she mentioned.
We reached out to Southern Constancy’s media contact a number of occasions for a press release, however haven’t acquired a response. Friedlander suggests prospects with them ought to contact their insurance coverage agent for data.
Whereas lawmakers did deal with reinsurance in a particular session on the finish of Could, consultants mentioned it wasn’t sufficient. Lawmakers devoted $2 billion {dollars} out of common income to a Reinsurance Help Program (RAP) for insurance coverage firms to entry, however many usually are not opting in due to the advantageous print.
The funds can solely be used for hurricane harm, not wind or a tropical storm and it requires firms to then scale back buyer charges by June 30, which is the tip of this month.
These firms can barely survive, they are not ready to provide charges again. It is simply not a really real looking or very possible answer to the issue,” Friedlander defined.

The American credit standing company AM Greatest additionally not too long ago revealed a research on the result of the particular session, discovering that it simply didn’t do sufficient to assist.
Learn the complete report beneath.
AMBEST Florida Report 6/3/2022 by ABC Motion Information on Scribd

Report a typo
As Tampa Bay continues to draw new residents and companies, the impression of dwelling in paradise comes at a price for all of us— from the growing value of housing and infrastructure to utilities and insurance coverage. ABC Motion Information is dedicated to serving to you and your loved ones benefit from your cash and navigate by way of the Worth of Paradise.


Scroll to Top