Home Value Insurance Co. Dissolved

By | January 9, 2013

The rehabilitation of Calif.-based Home Value Insurance Co. (HVIC) has been ended and the corporation has been dissolved by order of the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, where the company was domiciled.

According to the motion filed Dec. 21, 2012 by court-appointed rehabilitator Mary Taylor, Ohio Superintendent of Insurance, all HVIC policies have been commuted and cancelled and check payments were issued to all policyholders.

The motion to terminate the rehabilitation of HVIC was granted on Dec. 27, 2012. The order states any funds received after the termination will be returned and there shall be no other claims against HVIC.

On Dec. 30, 2012, the rehabilitator began the process of destroying all pre-rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation company records.

HVIC was ordered into rehabilitation by the Ohio court on Aug. 31, 2012 after regulators found it had failed to maintain the $5 million minimum capital and surplus that is required by Ohio statutes and was in a “hazardous” financial condition. A rehabilitation plan submitted by Taylor was approved on Nov. 16, 2012. All HVIC policies were terminated and policyholder checks distributed at that date.

The insurer sold policies covering a loss in home value if a homeowner sold for less than the home’s appraised value at the time it was insured. HVIC began operation in 2009 but pulled back and reentered the insurance market in September of 2011. In addition to Ohio, HVIC sold 172 policies in Oklahoma and Georgia as of the date of the rehabilitation order, according to information on the Ohio Insurance Liquidator’s site. It was licensed to sell insurance in Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Oregon and Texas but did not issue any policies in these states.

HVIC’s website (homevalueprotection.com) no longer redirects to the Ohio Insurance Liquidator site and all phone numbers associated with the company have been disconnected. The termination order designates any remaining HVIC physical assets and uncollected claims are abandoned.

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O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com. More from Amy O'Connor

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