N.J.S.A 17:37A-8. Essential property insurance; application; contents; denial; appeal

17:37A-8. Essential property insurance; application; contents; denial; appeal

a. Any person having an insurable interest in insurable property, who has failed to procure essential property insurance from an authorized insurer in the normal insurance market, shall, on or after the effective date of the plan of operation, be entitled to apply to the association for such coverage and for an inspection of the property. Such application may be made on behalf of an applicant by a broker or agent authorized by him. Every such application shall be submitted on forms prescribed by the commissioner after consultation with the directors of the association and shall contain information sufficient to indicate:

(1) Evidence of failure to procure essential property insurance from an authorized insurer in the normal insurance market;

(2) Whether or not the property is insurable;

(3) Whether or not there is any unpaid, uncontested premium due from the applicant for prior insurance on the property (as shown by the insured having failed to make written objection to charges within 30 days after billing). The term “insurable interest,” as used in this section, shall be deemed to include any lawful and substantial economic interest in the safety or preservation of property from loss, destruction or pecuniary damage.

b. If the association determines that:

(1) The applicant has made a diligent effort to procure essential property insurance from an authorized insurer in the normal market at manual or tariff rates;

(2) The property is insurable; and

(3) There is no unpaid, uncontested premium due from the applicant for prior assurance on the property, the association, upon receipt of the premium, or such portion thereof, as is prescribed in the plan of operation, shall cause to be issued a policy of essential property insurance for a term of 1 year. Any policy issued pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be renewed annually, upon application therefor, so long as the information contained in the original application remains valid.

C. If the association, for any reason, denies an application and refuses to cause to be issued an insurance policy to any applicant, or takes no action on an application within the time prescribed in the plan of operation, any such applicant may appeal to the commissioner, and the commissioner, after a review of the facts may direct the association to cause to be issued an insurance policy to the applicant. In carrying out his duties pursuant to this section the commissioner may request, and the association shall provide, any information he deems necessary concerning the reasons for the denial or delay of an application.

L.1968, C. 129, S.8, eff. July 1, 1968.

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