Definition of "Insurable interest: property and casualty insurance"
- owner of property has an insurable interest because of the expectation of monetary loss if that property is damaged or destroyed.
- creditor of an insured has an insurable interest in property pledged as security.
Insurable interest has to exist both at the inception of the contract and at the time of a loss. For example, an insured can purchase a homeowners policy because of insurable interest in a home. Upon selling it, the insured no longer has an insurable interest because there is no expectation of a monetary loss should the home bum down.
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