Class Counsel have brought the class action suits below against many of the major mortgage lenders and servicers and the lender-placed insurance providers. Settlements in many of these cases thus far have involved more than 5 million homeowners nationally and provided injunctive changes and made available more than $2 billion in relief to homeowners.

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What is Lender-Placed Insurance?

Lender-placed insurance, also known as force-placed insurance is an insurance policy placed by a bank or mortgage servicer on a home when the homeowners’ voluntary insurance lapses or where the bank deems the homeowners’ insurance insufficient. Nearly all mortgages require borrowers to maintain adequate homeowners insurance on their property and flood insurance if the property is in a flood zone. If the borrower’s voluntary policy lapses and the borrower does not secure a replacement policy, most mortgages allow the lender to purchase insurance for the home and force-place it. The lender or servicer will then charge the borrower for the insurance it purchased.

Typically, the lender-placed insurance premiums are significantly higher than the property insurance the borrower could have purchased on their own. In addition to being more expensive, the lender-placed insurance policy also has limited coverage. For example, these policies generally do not cover personal items or owner liability.

Concerns have been raised over the use of lender-placed insurance and the reverse competition, in the marketplace that tends to drive up premium prices to the consumers, as the lender is not motivated to select the lowest price for coverage since the cost is born by the borrower. Instead, the lender is motivated to purchase coverage from an exclusive insurer looking out for the lender’s interest rather than the borrower’s.

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