- Florida's Citizens Property Insurance policy count drops below 500,000
- January 27, 2016
- Law Firm: Colodny Fass P.A. - Sunrise Office
- Citing the benefits of a "reinvigorated" private insurance market, affordable reinsurance and favorable weather, Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corporation ("Citizens") announced today, January 20, 2016, that it has reduced its policy count to under 500,000, marking a milestone as the company returns to its role as the State's "insurer of last resort."
Citizens' policy count is now 484,788--the lowest level recorded since Citizens was created in 2002. Total exposure has shrunk to $143.53 billion.
"This marks an important milestone and the culmination of efforts from all Citizens' stakeholders," said Chris Gardner, Chairman of Citizens' Board of Governors. "Much of the credit needs to go to the private property insurance market, which under the watchful eye of the Office of Insurance Regulation has grown strong over the past several years. State leaders also need to take a bow."
Citizens' policy count over the years has fluctuated in response to changing market conditions. Following periods of increased hurricane activity or other market disruptions, Citizens' policy count rises. The last peak occurred in 2012 as Citizens approached 1.5 million policies and more than $500 billion in exposure.
By law, Citizens is required to levy assessments on Florida policyholders if it exhausts its ability to pay claims. In 2011, Florida policyholders faced a potential assessment of $11.6 billion in the event of a 1-in-100 year storm. The risk of such an assessment was eliminated in 2015.
"These results were accomplished by dedicated Citizens staff who worked closely with 23 companies on the depopulation program and 14 companies on the Clearinghouse program over the past few years," said Barry Gilway, Citizens President, CEO and Executive Director. "These results exceed all expectations and I thank our Board of Governors for their strong support."