Bulletin: FL000090

Date:
April 19, 2001
To:
All Issuing Offices in Florida
RE:
Owner's Form 9 Approved for Use in Florida

Dear Associates:

The Department of Insurance has announced its approval of the Form 9 Endorsement for use with Owner's Policies issued in Florida. This coverage was previously not available. The owners Form 9 comes in two versions; ALTA Form 9.1 which provides for coverage regarding restrictions, encroachments and minerals on unimproved land; and, ALTA Form 9.2, which provides for coverage regarding restrictions, encroachments and minerals on improved land.

It is important to note that this is new coverage. It carries a similar endorsement number to the Form 9 previously available on Mortgage policies. It does not provide identical coverage nor is the coverage provided to the same party. It is not treated as a simultaneous issue for purposes of establishing a premium. It is charged independently but may be charged in the same fashion as the lenders Form 9, that is, you may charge ten percent of the amount of the combined premium of the Owner's and Lender's Policy.

You may order copies from the Forms Department in Houston or for purposes of simply examining a sample you may access the form via the references section at the end of this bulletin. Or you may call or fax our office and we will send a single sample copy by return Fax, or E-mail if you supply us with your E-mail address.

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