Can My Mortgage Company Require Me to Carry Flood Insurance?

One of the biggest misconceptions about flooding is that your home insurance policy will protect you if your home floods. Unfortunately, this is not true. The majority of homeowners insurance policies preclude flooding unless you carry a separate flood insurance policy. If you have recently purchased your home, or have refinanced it, you may wonder if the mortgage company can require you to carry flood insurance. This is a question that we at Calhoun Risk Management, serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area, are often asked. Here is the answer to that question. 

If you have a federally regulated mortgage, such as an FHA and/or you live in a high-risk flood zone, a mortgage lender can require you to purchase flood insurance as part of your loan agreement. However, this information has to be disclosed to you when you are taking out the loan. It can not be added onto the requirements later on. As such, you will have to read your loan documents to determine if this is required of you. 

If you do not have a federally regulated mortgage and you do not live in a high-risk flood zone, a lender cannot require you to obtain flood insurance. However, it is highly recommended you do. If you do not have flood insurance, and the home floods, you will be required to pay for the damage yourself. If you are unable to do so, or the home is gone, you can still be on the hook for the mortgage until it is paid off. 

If you are required by your lender to purchase flood insurance, it is important to understand that you are able to purchase any flood insurance policy of your choosing. You do not have to purchase the flood insurance they offer you. When you are in this situation, let Calhoun Risk Management, serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area help. Call us today to get a free estimate.