N.J.S.A 17:37A-2. Definitions

17:37A-2. Definitions

2. As used in this act, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates or requires another or different meaning or intent:

(a) “Essential property insurance” means insurance against direct loss to property as defined and limited in the standard fire policy and extended coverage endorsement thereon, as approved by the commissioner, and insurance for such types, classes, and locations of property against the perils of vandalism, malicious mischief, burglary, or theft, or mine subsidence, or such other classes of insurance as the commissioner may designate in order to comply with federal legislation and obtain federal reinsurance;

(b) “Basic property insurance” means insurance against loss to property as defined and limited in: the standard fire policy and extended coverage endorsement thereon, the allied line policy or endorsement, the homeowners’ multiple peril policy, the commercial multiple peril policy, the burglary or theft coverage policy, the mine subsidence policy and other like policies;

(c) “Association” means the New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Association established pursuant to the provisions of this act;

(d) “Plan of operation” means the plan of operation of the association approved or promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to the provisions of this act;

(e) “Insurable property” means real property at fixed locations in urban areas in this State, or the tangible personal property located thereon, but shall not include insurance on automobile and farm risks, with an insurable value not in excess of the limits provided in the plan of operation of the association and in no event more than $1,500,000.00, which property is determined by the association, after inspection and pursuant to the criteria specified in the plan of operation to be in an insurable condition; provided, however, that neighborhood, area, location, environmental hazards beyond the control of the applicant or ownership of the property shall not be considered in determining insurable condition;

(f) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Insurance of New Jersey;

(g) “Net direct premiums” means gross direct premiums (excluding reinsurance assumed and ceded) written on property in this State for fire and extended coverage insurance, including the fire and extended coverage components of homeowners and commercial multiple peril package policies, as computed by the commissioner, less return premiums upon canceled contracts, dividends paid or credited to policyholders or the unused or unabsorbed portions of premium deposits;

(h) “Urban area” means any municipality or other political subdivision (1) which the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved as eligible for an urban renewal project after a local public agency has been formed in that community to avail itself of a United States Housing and Urban Renewal Program or (2) designated by the association with the approval of the commissioner or (3) which the commissioner may designate;

(i) “Mine subsidence” means lateral or vertical ground movement resulting from the collapse of man-made underground mines, including, but not limited to, coal mines, clay mines, limestone mines, slate mines, iron ore mines, and other metal or ore mines, which directly damages structureS.”Mine subsidence” does not include lateral or vertical ground movement caused by earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, soil conditions, soil erosion, soil freezing and thawing, improperly compacted soil, construction defects, roots of trees and shrubs or collapse of storm and sewer drains and rapid transit tunnels;

(j) “Mine subsidence insurance” means insurance against loss to an insured structure caused by mine subsidence;

(k) “Structure” means, for purposes of subsections (i) and (j) of this section, any dwelling, building or fixture permanently affixed to realty located in this State including driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, basements, footings, foundations, septic systems and underground pipes directly servicing the dwelling or building. “Structure” does not include land, trees, plants, crops or agricultural field drainage tile.

L.1968,C. 129,S.2; amended 1969, C. 84, S.1; 1994,C. 143,S.2.

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