Tag Archives: Replacement Cost

Florida Homeowners Are Entitled to Replacement Cost Without First Entering Into a Contract or Incurring the Costs

In property insurance claims, insurers will often pay for repairs at actual cash value (withholding depreciation) and inform the policyholder that once the repairs are actually made or contracted for they will pay the holdback amount and receive the replacement cost value (“RCV”). In Florida, residential policyholders insured under replacement cost value policies are entitled … Continue Reading

Fire Victims: Stop Your Insurer From Deducting the Value of Land From Your Replacement Cost Value

Some victims of the Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs fires who lost their homes opted to purchase a new home elsewhere. Most of their homeowners policies require their insurance companies to pay Replacement Cost Value (“RCV”), which is “the amount it would have cost to replace an identical structure to the one lost on the … Continue Reading

Are Overhead, Profit, and Sales Tax Subject to Depreciation in Texas?

I am often asked whether an insurer can depreciate overhead, profit, and sales tax when it makes an Actual Cash Value (“ACV”) payment under a Replacement Cost Coverage policy. The thinking goes that only the materials used to build a structure can be depreciated because overhead, profit, and sales tax do not lose value over … Continue Reading

In California, Homeowners Insurance Policies Must Disclose What Kind of “Replacement Cost” Coverage Exists for the Insured

After a property loss occurs, an insured is always responsible to show the amount of loss claimed. We are often asked whether a policy covers "replacement cost" value (RCV) or "actual cost" value (ACV). Although an insured may not be familiar with these terms, the RCV versus ACV valuation of property can determine whether an … Continue Reading

Understanding the Importance of “Replacement Cost Value” Coverage, Part Two

In my last post, Understanding the Importance of “Replacement Cost Value” Coverage, I explained that insurers are not permitted to withhold any depreciation under replacement cost value coverage for personal property claims. This post highlights a recent change to Florida Statute § 627.7011, which took effect May 17, 2011, and alters the payment of dwelling … Continue Reading

Understanding the Importance of “Replacement Cost Value” Coverage

In Florida, except under certain circumstances, in an “actual cash value” policy, the carrier withholds depreciation through the indemnification process. For an additional premium amount, policyholders can purchase “replacement cost value” coverage which requires insurance companies to replace the damaged property with the full value of replacement. For example, a television valued at $1,000 is … Continue Reading

Court Holds That Policyholders Are Entitled to Actual Cash Value Of Damages After Sale Of The Property

In a recent case, a Louisiana Court of Appeal decided, among other issues, what damages policyholders were entitled to in a Hurricane Katrina claim. That sounds like a typical scenario, however to add some spice to the mix, the policyholders had sold the property following the loss. The case is Jouve v. State Farm Fire … Continue Reading

Hail Damage In Colorado and Replacement Cost Insurance Policies

(Note: This Guest Blog is by Erin Kristofco, an attorney with Merlin Law Group in the Denver, Colorado, office). Home and business property owners who suffered hail damage during Colorado’s hail storms must determine whether their property insurance policy requires the insurer to replace not only the hail damaged surface, but also any substrate, insulation … Continue Reading

A Replacement Cost Amendment in the Right Direction-A Little Love on Valentine’s Day

Replacement cost, actual cash value, and total loss valuation payment definitions, procedures and issues are currently being debated before the Florida legislature. In Draconian Property Insurance Bill Filed in Florida Senate, I explained that the pending legislation was against policyholder interests. Our firm has other posts on this debate: The Industry’s Greatest Fear is an … Continue Reading

Draconian Property Insurance Bill Filed in Florida Senate

Senate Bill 408 proposes new Florida insurance laws that harm all policyholders. Florida businesses and homeowners will receive fewer benefits, and insurers will be encouraged to delay, deny and defend claims if this bill becomes law. It takes away a lot of financial peace of mind that insurance currently provides.… Continue Reading

The Initial Political Insurance Views of Public Adjuster Frank Artiles

The Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate law firm sent a newsletter regarding Freshman House Representative Frank Artiles’ recent teleconference. In "Freshman State Representative Frank Artiles, a Public Adjuster, Meets With Florida Insurance Industry Representatives On Concerns, Commonalities" the lawfirm noted the following:… Continue Reading

Double Recovery and Actual Cash Value Analyzed in Katrina Wind Flood Scenario

Policyholders with flood and all risk policies usually do not have as many problems collecting benefits following a hurricane where wind and flood damaged a structure. Those with only one policy are not so fortunate. When the combination of payments from both policies is less than the cost to repair or when delays in payments … Continue Reading

Actual Cash Value Defined by Texas Courts

During a recent mediation, my client was adamant that he was entitled to sufficient insurance money to repair his home. I informed him that his policy was an Actual Cash Value policy, rather than a Replace Cost Value policy, but my explanation was met with a blank stare. It then occurred to me that perhaps … Continue Reading

QBE Insurance Case Rewrites Replacement Cost Adjustment

What judges say is contemplated under an insurance policy is not always what adjusters are taught and do in the field. Jeremy Tyler noted in Prevention of Performance with Replacement Cost Value, that a new appellate decision involving QBE rewrites how insurance companies may adjust property losses in Florida. Many will read Buckley Towers Condo., Inc. … Continue Reading

A Guest Letter Calling For a Veto of the Insurance Bill

The Honorable Governor Crist: I respectfully request that you veto the insurance legislation recently passed in SB 2044. While there are many good provisions in this bill including some of the Public Adjusting proposed changes, other provisions will cause great harm to Florida policyholders particularly when the next big storm or other perils impact already … Continue Reading

Selling Property Insurance as “Replacement Cost Insurance” Should Only Be Allowed If Replacement Value is Paid Immediately

Policyholders know when they have been "ripped off" by the fine print of an insurance policy. The most common "rip off" is when insurance companies sell replacement cost insurance and then do not immediately pay replacement cost value. A number of insurance companies, like Chubb and AMICA do not play this "bait and switch" game … Continue Reading

Senators Mike Fasano and Rhonda Storms Come to the Rescue of Policyholders

The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has a number of very intelligent and very well meaning members. Two of them, Senator Rhonda Storms and Mike Fasano stood up yesterday to the insurance lobbyists who know little about insurance, but a lot about propaganda and politics. Full time and professional insurance lobbyists have one agenda–achieve their … Continue Reading
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