2011 Florida Statutes
634.3077 Financial requirements.—
(1) An association licensed under this part shall maintain a funded, unearned premium reserve account, consisting of unencumbered assets, equal to a minimum of 25 percent of the gross written premiums received by it from all warranty contracts in force. Such assets shall be held in the form of cash or invested in securities for investments as provided in part II of chapter 625.
(2) An association shall maintain, at a minimum, net assets equal to one-sixth of the written premiums it receives for the issuance and delivery of any binder or warranty in force. Net assets may be less than one-sixth of the premiums written provided the association has net assets of not less than $500,000 and maintains a funded, unearned premium reserve account consisting of unencumbered assets equal to a minimum of 40 percent of the gross written premiums received by it from all warranty contracts in force which shall be held in the form of cash or invested in securities for investments as provided in part II of chapter 625.
(3) An association shall not be required to set up an unearned premium reserve if it has purchased contractual liability insurance which demonstrates to the satisfaction of the office that 100 percent of its claim exposure is covered by such insurance. Such contractual liability insurance shall be obtained from an insurer that holds a certificate of authority to do business within the state or from an insurer approved by the office as financially capable of meeting the obligations incurred pursuant to the policy. For purposes of this subsection, the contractual liability policy shall contain the following provisions:
(a) In the event that the home warranty association is unable to fulfill its obligation under its contracts issued in this state for any reason, including insolvency, bankruptcy, or dissolution, the contractual liability insurer will pay losses and unearned premiums under such plans directly to persons making claims under such contracts.
(b) The insurer issuing the policy shall assume full responsibility for the administration of claims in the event of the inability of the association to do so.
(c) The policy may not be canceled or not renewed by either the insurer or the association unless 60 days’ written notice thereof has been given to the office by the insurer before the date of such cancellation or nonrenewal.
(d) The contractual liability insurance policy shall insure all home warranty contracts that were issued while the policy was in effect whether or not the premium has been remitted to the insurer.
(4) An association that purchases contractual liability insurance on the warranties that it issues shall provide the office with claim statistics required to be filed by associations not purchasing such insurance.
History.—ss. 3, 33, ch. 83-323; s. 1, ch. 84-94; s. 20, ch. 93-195; s. 468, ch. 97-102; s. 15, ch. 2001-281; s. 1458, ch. 2003-261; s. 5, ch. 2006-272.