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Cancellations drive some back to Citizens Insurance

Close to 5,000 new policies written by the end of the first week of May
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Posted at 6:43 PM, May 06, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Citizens Insurance still tries to move more policies off its books to private insurance, some homeowners are ending up back with the insurer of last resort.

Close to 5,000 new policies were written by the end of the first week of May, according to Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute.

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"We’re seeing a creep now because there are still challenges in the market," Friedlander said.

Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute says there has been a spike in return to Citizens Insurance. May 6, 2024
Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute says there has been a spike in return to Citizens Insurance.

He said the small spike in policies is likely the result of a wave of non-renewal notices.

"A couple national insurers are in the process of not renewing significant amounts of policies across the state. I think that's what’s driving it to be honest."

Citizens, he said, is still holding a significant net loss of policies from its depopulation program, and is down about 300,000 policies from last October.

The latest number for Citizens statewide is 1.16 million policies as it tries to lower its exposure by moving policies to private insurers in takeout offers.

Citizens CEO Tim Cerio said they are watching the number of policies returning to Citizens.

Citizens CEO Tim Cerio says about 1% of the policies "have come back in." Roundtable in Clearwater.
Citizens CEO Tim Cerio says about 1% of the policies "have come back in."

"I will tell you what we're tracking is maybe just slightly over 1% of the policies have come back in," Cerio said recently at an insurance roundtable in Clearwater.

"That's really good compared with other previous depop's, which shows the carriers are doing a better job than in many years past."

If you have a question or comment about homeowners insurance, email WPTV reporter Matt Sczesny at matt.sczesny@wptv.com