The Property Insurance Clearinghouse is an innovative program that helps Citizens agents find private-market insurance coverage for consumers who believe Citizens is their only insurance option. (Watch a short video of the clearinghouse in action.)
Authorized by the 2013 Florida Legislature, the clearinghouse seeks comparable offers of coverage from participating private-market companies before placing or renewing personal lines coverage with Citizens.
Companies participating in the clearinghouse benefit from:
- Increased access to Florida insurance consumers through Citizens' network of appointed agents
- The ability to develop relationships with Citizens agents through full appointments and limited servicing agreements, which allow agents unable to accept full appointments to write business through the clearinghouse
Agent/company partnerships are vital to the clearinghouse's success. To maximize the benefits of participating in the clearinghouse, participating companies should extend either full appointments or limited servicing agreements (LSAs) to Citizens-appointed agents who they have not already appointed to write business.
LSAs allow agents who cannot accept full appointments, such as those who are members of exclusive agent groups, to pursue and service offers of coverage made through the clearinghouse. Companies should negotiate LSAs directly with exclusive agency groups, then contact agents directly to execute the agreements. These agreements are the responsibility of the insurer and the individual agents.
- Sample Limited Servicing Agreement – Sample wording for insurers and agents. All final agreements are the responsibility of companies and agents.
- Exclusive agency groups contact information
As established in Section 627.3518(4)(f) of the clearinghouse statute, agent commissions in the clearinghouse are calculated using Citizens agent commission rates. Companies participating in the clearinghouse must pay agents the greater of Citizens' commission rate or the company's usual and customary commission rate for the line of business being written.
- If Citizens' effective commission rate for a line of business is 9.6 percent and the insurer's usual and customary commission rate for the same line is 7 percent, the insurer must pay the producing agent 9.6 percent.
- If Citizens' effective commission rate for a line of business is 8.1 percent and the insurer's usual and customary commission rate for the same line is 10 percent, the insurer must pay the producing agent 10 percent.
The clearinghouse currently is available only for the following new and renewal Citizens policy types:
- Multiperil homeowners (HO-3)
- Multiperil condominium unit owners (HO-6)
- Dwelling Property 1 and 3 (DP-1 and DP-3). Excludes DP-1 and DP-3 tenant contents and condominium-unit policies.
Additional policy types will be added over time.
Any Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR)-approved property insurance company may participate in the clearinghouse.
If you would like to learn more about participation in the clearinghouse, review the Clearinghouse Participation Agreement. Additional information is available by emailing Clearinghouse_Program@citizensfla.com.
The clearinghouse currently includes the following participating companies. Additional companies will be added over time.
- American Traditions**
- Avatar Property & Casualty
- Capitol Preferred**
- Federated National**
- First Community (Bankers)**
- Florida Peninsula**
- Modern USA**
- Monarch National
- Safe Harbor (Cabrillo)
- Southern Oak**
- Tower Hill Signature**
- UPC (United Property & Casualty)
Coming in 2017*
* Pending confirmation
** Also participating in the Property Insurance Clearinghouse renewals program.