Florida Approves Up to 183K Takeouts from Citizens for 2015

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the removal of up to 180,040 personal residential policies and 2,527 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

The OIR said these are the first take-outs approved for 2015.

The number approved for takeout is not necessarily the number that will actually be removed from Citizens. In 2014, the total number of policies approved for take-outs was 1,109,644 while the actual number of policies removed from Citizens this year as of September 18, 2014 is 127,550, according to OIR.

By statute, policyholders may choose to remain covered by Citizens during take-out offers; however, they may be at risk of higher assessments if they stay with Citizens.

The approvals for 2015 involve the following nine companies:

Citizen’s Personal Lines and Commercial Lines Accounts are mostly non-coastal properties and the Coastal Account are coastal properties.The take-out periods are January 13, 2015 for personal residential impacting both the PLA/CA policies and January 6, 2015 for commercial residential impacting both the CLA/CA policies.

The takeouts are part of the state’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of policies in the state-created Citizens and transfer them to the private insurance market.