Insurable Interest: Property And Casualty Insurance

Definition of "Insurable interest: property and casualty insurance"

Missie McSweeney real estate agent
Missie McSweeney, Real Estate Agent RE/MAX Classic

  1. owner of property has an insurable interest because of the expectation of monetary loss if that property is damaged or destroyed.
  2. 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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Comments for Insurable Interest: Property And Casualty Insurance

Tom M Tom M said:

Can I, as landlord, obligate my tenant to purchase property insurance for the real estate property that I own and is being leased?

Oct 09, 2019  16:38:56

Real Estate Agent

Hi Tom! Yes, as a matter of fact, you can obligate your tenant to buy renter's insurance if it is one of the mandatory clauses of the original contract. If it isn't, you're going to have to modify the original contract through novation between you and your tenant. 

Oct 10, 2019  06:29:48


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