royal palm beach, florida. — Florida homeowners are still shocked at their homeowners insurance premiums in 2022.
The average annual cost to maintain a homeowners insurance policy in this state is nearly double that of the rest of the country.
lori lanni of royal palm beach is experiencing this worrying trend right now, seeing her premium jump from $1,700 a year to $3,400.
“they’re passing it on to the client. you know, we’ve never made a claim,” lanni said. “We’ve never done anything to deserve what’s going on, so we’re a little upset about that.”
spends hours each week trying to find a lower price by calling insurance companies.
“I haven’t called all of them, but I’ve probably called at least half,” Lanni said.
she is not alone.
The Insurance Information Institute reports that state premiums are up nearly 25 percent this year.
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“Rampant roofing fraud, out-of-control litigation and rising replacement costs for homes,” said mark friedlander, spokesman for the insurance information institute.
a roof repair is what may be hurting lanni’s chances for a better price.
A few years ago, a company approached Lanni at her Royal Palm Beach home with an offer to fix her roof. then signed an assignment of benefits letter.
That letter entitled the roofing company to take control of the entire claim from your insurance company.
It is this type of scenario that can lead some roofing companies to inflate the price of the repair and then go to court against the insurance company and settle on a reasonable price.
legal fees from insurance companies are passed on to you in the form of increased premiums.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, Florida insurance companies had $1.6 billion in technical losses in 2021.
There is much more than simple roofing fraud causing premiums to rise in 2022.
interruptions in the supply chain cause shortages of construction materials such as wood.
In turn, it costs insurance companies more to pay to rebuild homes after a claim is filed.
Lawmakers are trying to find a solution by introducing bills to open more businesses for homeowners to choose from.
if you’re looking for the end of this premium crisis, friedlander paints a bleak picture.
“We’re going to continue to see insurance cost increases for at least a year or two, regardless of what happens with the legislature. It’s not going to be a quick fix,” Friedlander said.
recommends taking proactive steps to lower your premium.
This includes adding wind mitigation upgrades to your home, combining your auto and home insurance, and also increasing your insurance deductible.