Flood insurance rate hikes take effect; most to see small increases [4-10-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published April 10, 2018 Flood insurance premiums just got more expensive — again. Effective April 1, the average premium rose 8 percent, from $866 per policy to $935. But the vast majority of …

Citizens Insurance plans to reduce coverage for repairs it cannot control [3-28-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published March 28, 2018 State-run Citizens Insurance is finalizing a plan state insurance regulators hope will be copied across the industry: Beginning May 1, it will cap coverage of non-weather-related water damage at …

Florida building codes thwarted hurricane damage, report shows [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Mary Shanklin   Published March 26, 2018 Florida ranked top in the nation for its building codes, according to a new report that cited newer construction better withstanding hurricane damage. The nation’s biggest hurricane target unseated …

Spurned by private carriers, South Florida homeowners again forced into state-run Citizens Insurance [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published March 24, 2018 State-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the so-called “insurer of last resort,” is poised to again become the first choice for many homeowner insurance customers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. …

First-Impression Florida Condo Law Case Highlights Property Tax Oddity [3-23-18]

Article Courtesy of Daily Business Review By Celia Ampel Published March 23, 2018 Condo associations may not represent unit owners in property tax appeals brought by the county appraiser, even if it means flooding the courts with hundreds of nearly …

High-rise fire kills 80-year-old man, forces 100 residents out of homes [3-15-18]

Article Courtesy of  The Sun Sentinel By Doug Phillips, Amy Beth Bennett and Linda Trischitta Published March 15, 2018 As fire alarms rang through a 15-story condo tower in Pompano Beach, Amber Webb grabbed her young nephew and joined a …