Bulletin: FL2022002

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Bulletin: FL2022002

Bulletin Document
V 5
Date: September 29, 2022
To: All Florida Issuing Offices
RE: RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - New and Revised 2021 ALTA Forms

Dear Associates:

NEW FORMS

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved for use in Florida effective October 3, 2022, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) 2021 Owner’s Policy and Loan Policy with Florida Modifications, new and revised Endorsements, revised Commitments, and a revised Short Form Residential Loan Policy.

The following new or revised Commitments are adopted by the Florida OIR, effective as of October 3, 2022:

ALTA Commitment (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA Short Form Commitment (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)

The following new or revised policies are adopted by the Florida OIR, effective as of October 3, 2022:

ALTA Loan Policy with Florida Modifications (2021 v 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA Owner's Policy with Florida Modifications (2021 v 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA Short Form Residential Loan Policy - Current Assessment with Florida Modifications (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
Optional Schedule B of ALTA Loan Policy (2021 v 01.00 07-01-2021) with Part I and II

The following new or revised endorsements are adopted by the Florida OIR, effective as of October 3, 2022, and may be issued with the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy, the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy and the 2021 Short Form Residential Loan Policy:

ALTA 4.1 Condominium - Current Assessments (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 6.0 Variable Rate Mortgage (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 6.2 Variable Rate Mortgage - Negative Amortization (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 7.1 Manufactured Housing-Conversion-LP (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 7.2 Manufactured Housing-Conversion-OP (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 8.1 Environmental Protection Lien (2021 v. 01.00 07-01-2021)
ALTA 10 Assignment (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 10.1 Assignment and Date Down (2021 v. 01.0107-01-2021)
ALTA 11 Mortgage Modification (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 11.1 Mortgage Modification with Subordination (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 11.2 Mortgage Modification with Additional Insurance (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 12.0 Aggregation - Loan Policy (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)(with Florida Modifications)
ALTA 14 Future Advance Priority (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 14.2 Future Advance Letter of Credit (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)
ALTA 14.3 - Future Advance Reverse Mortgage (2021 v. 01.0007-01-2021)

The following is a list of endorsements that did not change and may be issued with the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy, the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy and the Short Form Residential Loan Policy:

ALTA 7-06

ALTA 5.1-06

ALTA 9.1-06

ALTA 9-06

ALTA 9.3-06

ALTA 9.2-06

ALTA 13.1-06

ALTA 13-06

ALTA 23.1-06

ALTA 23-06

ALTA 36.1-06

ALTA 36-06

ALTA 36.3-06

ALTA 36.2-06

ALTA 36.5-06

ALTA 36.4-06

ALTA 36.7-06

ALTA 36.6-06

ALTA 39-06

ALTA 36.8-06

Revolving credit

Reverse Mortgage

Balloon Mortgage

Additional Interest

Change of Partners, Member or Shareholders

Change of Partners

Contiguity

Construction Loan Update

Master Endorsement

Foreign Currency

Option

Navigational Servitude

Survey

Shared Appreciation

It is our company policy to issue these new forms unless directed otherwise by the customer. However, in this transition period, if you have issued a commitment prior to October 3, 2022, which provides for the issuance of the 2006 policy form, please issue the 2006 policy and previously approved endorsement unless directed otherwise by the prospective insured. In addition, the 2006 versions of the above listed endorsements must be issued with the 2006 ALTA Owner's Policy and the 2006 ALTA Loan Policy.

At this time, the existing ALTA Loan Policy with Florida modifications, ALTA Owner’s Policy with Florida Modifications, Short Form Loan Policy with Florida Modifications, and previously approved endorsements are not being withdrawn although we anticipate that they will be at some point in the future.

Information and Resources on ALTA Forms

For further information about the ALTA forms and ALTA changes, please visit The American Land Title Association (ALTA) website at https://www.alta.org. The ALTA forms were adopted as of July 1, 2021. A list of the new/revised forms is available here.

The ALTA forms and corresponding guidelines are available on Virtual Underwriter in the New ALTA 2021 Forms Page.

You can also view webinars and PowerPoints regarding the new ALTA forms by accessing the Webinars page on virtual Underwriter.

The notable changes and revisions in the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy and the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy include the following:

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    • Use of new or amended defined terms such as Affiliate, Consumer Protection Law, Discriminatory Covenant, Enforcement Notice, Governmental Mortgage Agency or Instrumentality, Insured, Knowledge, Obligor, PACA-PSA Trust, Public Records, and State in the policies and revised endorsements (these terms made changes to some endorsements necessary).
    • Moving some exceptions that became commonplace (such as calculation of area, and PACA-PSA Trust to the jacket as Exclusions).
    • Punctuation and grammatical refinements.
    • Clarification that choice of law will be the State, or to the extent it controls, federal law.
    • Clarification that the choice of forum will be a state court or a federal court.
    • Amendments based on how courts have treated the prior policy language.
    • New coverages and exclusions for both Insured and Insurer.
    • The ALTA 39 Policy Authentication (Electronic Policy/Signature) endorsement will become obsolete. The endorsement's coverages are now included in the Policy Jacket. However, if requested and the ALTA 39 is available in your state, you may issue upon request.
    • The 2021 ALTA Policies treat the PACA-PSA Trust both as a Covered Risk and an Exclusion. If there is a recorded PACA-PSA Trust Enforcement Notice (such as a lis pendens) and the policy does not except to that recorded notice, it is a Covered Risk. If it is a regular PACA-PSA Trust lien and not recorded in the Public Records, it is excluded.
    • A new definition of the term "Insured" will allow coverage under the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy and the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy to continue when the Land is conveyed to an Affiliate, even when there is a monetary exchange.
    • Remote Online Notarization (RON) is now part of the Covered Risk 2.a. of the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy and the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy.
    • "Enforcement Notice" is a new defined term. This is a document affecting the Title, recorded in the Public Records at the Date of Policy that describes any part of the Land and identifies a violation or enforcement of a law, ordinance, permit, or governmental regulation, exercise of a power, or enforcement of a PACA-PSA Trust.
    • Covered Risk 10 of the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy adds language to clarify and confirm for lenders that the coverage is for certain enumerated components of the Indebtedness.
    • Covered Risk 11.a. on Mechanics Liens (consistent with the ALTA 32 Series endorsements) confirms that the coverage relates to services and equipment, in addition to labor and materials.
    • Exclusion 9 of the 2021 ALTA Loan Policy and Exclusion 7 of the 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy exclude liability for the quantity of area, square footage, or acreage described in the Land (if any).
    • The Transaction Identification Data that has been a part of ALTA Commitments since 2016 is now formatted into Schedule A of the new 2021 ALTA Policies as well for consistency. It is made clear this information is not insured.
    • The 2021 ALTA Loan Policy adds a new option for the Insured to select the date the Insured Mortgage is extinguished for determination of value. The 2021 ALTA Owner's Policy adds a new option for the Insured to select the Date of Policy for determination of value if Title to all of the Land is void.

For a detailed list of differences between the 2021 and 2006 ALTA forms and a summary of the advantages to the customer of the new ALTA forms, click here.

Decertification of the 2006 ALTA Forms is scheduled for December 31, 2022, but the decertification by ALTA will not prohibit use of the Florida OIR Approved 2006 ALTA Forms. While we prefer to use the 2021 ALTA Forms if acceptable and available, we will continue to make the 2006 ALTA Forms available if they are requested by your customers.

As a reminder, the most current version of Florida OIR Approved Form for issuance with the applicable version of the ALTA Policy should be used, unless approved by a Stewart underwriter.

Please contact Property Info Customer Care at customercare@stewart.com or your title production software vendor to have the new forms uploaded to your system.

If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

For on-line viewing of this and other bulletins, please log onto www.vuwriter.com.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.


References

Bulletins Replaced:
  • None
Related Bulletins:
  • None
Underwriting Manual:
  • None
Exceptions Manual:
  • None
Forms:
  • None