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NFIP: National Flood Insurance Program Lapses

Posted in Insurance, Legislation, Mortgages

On March 2, 2010, Congress passed and the President signed H.R. 4691, which extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through March 28, 2010.  Homeowners (including community associations) who have current flood insurance policies still have coverage; but NFIP cannot issue new policies, increase coverage on existing policies or issue renewal policies.  Since the extension expired, please refer to the NFIP guide titled “Recommendations/Guidance for Possible NFIP Authority Lapse and Hiatus”.  FEMA has advised that “any hiatus period should be brief and most of the nearly 5.6 million flood insurance policyholders nationwide will not be affected”. Congress is scheduled to reconsider H.R. 4851 entitled the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010″, which extends several governmental programs, on April 12, 2010. Once Congress authorizes the NFIP program again, it’s expected to make it retroactive.  However, the hiatus may slow down or delay closings that were scheduled to take place in early April. Since flooding can often lead to mold if not addressed immediately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes helpful information including mold clean-up guidelines.