2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
Chapter 34 - WINDSTORM UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATION
§ 83-34-15 - Application for coverage; inspection of property; issuance of insurance; appeal of denial of application


MS Code § 83-34-15 (2013) What's This?

(1) (a) Any person having an insurable interest in insurable property is entitled to apply to the association for such coverage. Applications shall be made on behalf of the owner of the insurable interest by a licensed resident broker or agent authorized by him. Applications shall be submitted on forms prescribed by the association.

(b) The association may require an inspection of any properties after application or request for renewal and may charge a fee for such inspection.

(c) The term "insurable interest" as used in this subsection shall be deemed to include any lawful and substantial economic interest in the safety or preservation of property from loss, destruction or pecuniary damage.

(2) If the association determines that the property is insurable and that there is no unpaid premium due from the applicant for prior insurance on the property, the association, upon receipt of the premium or such portion thereof as is prescribed in the plan of operation, shall cause to be issued, or issue, a policy of essential property insurance. Such coverage shall be dependent upon the timely payment and actual receipt by the association of premiums or premium installments as provided for at the time of application. Coverage limits shall be determined by the value of the insurable property at the time the policy is issued subject to maximum limits which shall be set forth under the plan of operation.

(3) If the association for any reason denies an application and refuses to issue or cause to be issued an insurance policy to any applicant, or takes no action on an application within the time prescribed in the plan of operation, such applicant may appeal to the commissioner. The commissioner or a designated member of his staff, after reviewing the facts, may direct the association to issue or cause to be issued an insurance policy to the applicant; however, no coverage shall be in effect until such time as the premium is paid and the policy issued. In carrying out his duties pursuant to this section, the commissioner may request, and the association shall provide, any information the commissioner deems necessary to a determination concerning the reasons for the denial or delay of the application.

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