Introduced Version House Bill 3316 History

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H. B. 3316

(By Delegates Miley and Rick Thompson)
[Introduced March 25, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Banking and Insurance then the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §33-17-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §33-17A-5, all relating to total fire loss; and to cancellation due to substantial change in value.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §33-17-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that §33-17A-5 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

§33-17-9. Total or partial fire loss.

(a) All insurers issuing policies providing fire insurance on real property situate in West Virginia, shall be liable, in case of total loss by fire or otherwise, as stated in the policy, for the whole amount of insurance stated in the policy, upon such real property; and in case of partial loss by fire or otherwise, as aforesaid, of the real property insured, the liability shall be for the total amount of such partial loss, not to exceed the whole amount of insurance upon such real property as stated in the policy. This section shall not apply where such insurance has been procured from two or more insurers covering the same interest in such real property.
(b) Any insurer may, at its option, reinspect real property and reunderwrite any policy providing fire insurance ninety days or more before any renewal and, if the reinspection or reunderwriting results in substantial change with respect to the insured value of the real property, then the substantial change with respect to the insured value of the real property
shall constitute a permissible cancellation under subsection (k), section five, article seventeen- a of this chapter, and shall be subject to the notification requirements under subsection (b), section four, article seventeen- a of this chapter.

§33-17A-5. Permissible cancellations.

After coverage has been in effect for more than sixty days or after the effective date of a renewal policy, a notice of cancellation may not be issued unless it is based on at least one of the following reasons:
(a) Nonpayment of premium;
(b) Conviction of the insured of any crime having as one of its necessary elements an act increasing any hazard insured against;
(c) Discovery of fraud or material misrepresentation made by or with the knowledge of the named insured in obtaining the policy, continuing the policy or in presenting a claim under the policy;
(d) Discovery of willful or reckless acts or omissions on the part of the named insured which increase any hazard insured against;
(e) The occurrence of a change in the risk which substantially increases any hazard insured against after insurance coverage has been issued or renewed;
(f) A violation of any local fire, health, safety, building or construction regulation or ordinance with respect to any insured property or the occupancy thereof which substantially increases any hazard insured against;
(g) A determination by the Commissioner that the continuation of the policy would place the insurer in violation of the insurance laws of this state;
(h) Real property taxes owing on the insured property have been delinquent for two or more years and continue delinquent at the time notice of cancellation is issued;
(i) The insurer which issues said policy of insurance ceases writing the particular type or line of insurance coverage contained in said policy throughout the state or should such insurer discontinue operations within the state; or
(j) Substantial breach of the provisions of the policy; or
(k) Substantial change in the value of the real estate pursuant to reinspection or reunderwriting in connection with a renewal, pursuant to section nine, article seventeen, chapter thirty-three of this code.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to ameliorate industry concerns with respect to change in value but still maintain the value policy law.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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