Mark Iandolo Jul. 29, 2016, 5:24pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (FAIR Plan) will pay $350,000 after allegations of impermissibly canceling homeowners insurance policies between January 2010 and February 2014.

Massachusetts State law mandates that, once a homeowners insurance policy has been in place for 60 days, it can only be cancelled for a limited number of reasons – such as nonpayment of premiums. The FAIR Plan, however, allegedly conducted inspections of insurance properties after the 60-day mark. When it found property conditions it did not approve of, Healey’s office argued it impermissibly cancelled the policies.

“A home is frequently someone’s largest investment and homeowners should be treated fairly when they purchase insurance to protect that investment,” Healey said. “This agreement ensures that the FAIR Plan treats policyholders appropriately when it is considering canceling policies.”

The $350,000 payment will be used as relief for homeowners who had to purchase more expensive force-placed policies after the FAIR Plan policies were cancelled. Affected homeowners include residents of Boston, Brockton, Springfield and Worcester.

The FAIR Plan is an entity jointly managed by the state’s insurance companies. The goal of the plan is to provide coverage to homeowners who have been unable to find insurance through the marketplace.

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