Force-Placed Insurance | Department of Financial Services

Forced insurance, also known as collateral protection insurance, creditor-placed, or lender-placed, is an insurance policy placed by a lender, bank, or loan servicer on a home when homeowners insurance the property is cancelled, it has expired. or it is deemed insufficient and the borrower does not obtain a replacement policy. This insurance allows the lender to protect his financial interest in the property.

A lender may also require flood insurance to be placed on homes in flood zones that it believes do not have enough flood insurance to meet the legal minimum required to protect the property.

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If you get a loan to buy a car, you must have insurance that covers the car. If you don’t get insurance or let your insurance lapse, the lender may have the right under the sales contract to force insurance on the car.

forced insurance is often much more expensive than what you can get by buying an insurance policy yourself. In addition, the insurance policy placed by the lender may have limited coverage. for example, these policies generally do not cover personal items or homeowners liability.

what to do if your lender has put forced insurance on your property

As soon as possible, contact an insurance company and get a new policy or try to reinstate your old policy. Even if you think the loan servicer is at fault, you must continue to make payments to cover the forced insurance.

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Gather detailed proof of the new insurance and send a copy of the relevant documents to your administrator. request that they cancel the compulsory insurance policy they obtained for you as soon as possible.

If a dispute arises, you may submit a Qualified Written Request (qwr). A qwr is written correspondence that you or someone acting on your behalf can send to your servicer to request information related to servicing your loan or to dispute errors about your loan account.

If the cancellation is due to your servicer failing to make timely disbursements from an escrow account for homeowners insurance premium payments, you may want to consult an attorney.

housing counselors can advise you on your options and resources at little or no cost. They can also negotiate with your lender for free and help you find free legal services in your area.

housing counseling resources for New Yorkers include:

  • new york homeowners protection program (hopp), which connects with housing counselors and legal services at no cost. call the hopp hotline at (855) 466-3456 or visit homeownerhelpny.com.
  • You can find a list of approved nonprofit housing counselors by county here on the dfs website.
  • 24-hour support is available toll-free on the hope now hotline at 888-995-hope (888-995-4673). Hope Now is an alliance of hud-approved advisory agents, managers, and investors who provide free assistance.
  • if you live in new york city, you can also call 311.
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    If you find yourself in a foreclosure court case, you should consult an attorney.

    Contact an attorney and review your documents. If you do not have an attorney, the New York State Bar Association can recommend an appropriate attorney for your situation.

    If you cannot afford a private attorney, resources for free or low-cost legal assistance include:

    • new york homeowners protection program (hopp), which connects with housing counselors and legal services at no cost. call the hopp hotline at (855) 466-3456 or visit homeownerhelpny.com.
    • the new york state bar association’s lawyer information and referral service.
    • the website of the legal services corporation.
    • lawhelp.org, an online directory of free legal service providers in new york.
    • If you find yourself in a foreclosure court case, you should consult an attorney.

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      learn how to file a complaint with the dfs.

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