Force Placed Insurance Policies are unique. The biggest thing to know about these policies is that their purpose is to protect the lender, not the homeowner. This is illustrated in a 2023 opinion from the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The opinion is styled, Peter Garcia v. Great American Assurance Company.
Peter Garcia (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Great American Assurance Company (“Defendant”) alleging that Defendant failed to pay for covered damage to his home under an insurance policy purchased by his mortgagee, Carrington Mortgage Services LLC (“Carrington”). Pending before the court is Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment. The Court granted the motion.
Plaintiff’s home is mortgaged in favor of Carrington. Lenders often require borrower-mortgagors to purchase insurance on their home. When the borrower does not do so, the lender might purchase a “force-placed” policy and include the cost in the borrower’s mortgage payments. Carrington purchased a force-placed insurance policy (“the Policy”) covering its interest in Plaintiff’s home. Plaintiff is not a party to the Policy, and all payment for loss is
to be made to Carrington.