Florida Citizens Pushing for Policy Changes

December 10, 2015

Florida’s largest property insurer wants to eliminate caps on rate hikes and limit what homeowners can do if they have water damage.

The state-created Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is pushing for the changes to combat lawsuits tied to water damage claims.

Citizens President Barry Gilway said Wednesday that a rise in lawsuits over claims is “insane,” particularly in South Florida.

Gilway said claims are rising for the insurer even though the number of policyholders is getting smaller. It is projected to drop to under 500,000 by the end of this year.

He added that it may be time to get rid of Florida’s current 10 percent-a-year cap on premium hikes.

Citizens also wants to place limits on how much homeowners can spend on emergency repairs.