Christopher Boggs

Ordinance and Law Coverage generates a lot of questions whenever I give a speech about the numerous building codes which impact construction. Christopher Boggs is a great insurance educator. Two chapters from his book, Wow! I Never Knew That!: 12 of the Most Misunderstood and Misused P&C Insurance Coverages, Concepts and Exclusions, provide some of the best explanations of this often misunderstood coverage. Insurance agents, property insurance adjusters, public insurance adjusters, and property insurance lawyers should have this book as a reference in their library.
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I got a call this morning from a public adjuster wanting to discuss building code coverage.1 In doing some research for her, I came across an article advocating more stringent building codes: Marking 10 Years Since Katrina, Consumer Agency Calls For Stiffer Building Codes. Considering the article in connection to recent conversations I’ve had with public adjusters and general contractors, it made me wonder: do we need better building codes, or simply better enforcement of existing building codes?


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An article in the Insurance Journal, National Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire Tomorrow, caught my eye. I think the threat of expiration is political gamesmanship, as indicated in the piece: 

“John Prible, government affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, says the omnibus bill funding is currently being