Florida homeowners are sounding the alarm as Progressive Insurance, one of the major players in the property insurance sector, reveals plans to drastically change its coverage policies. This move is seen by many as a distressing indication of a larger, troubling trend in the Sunshine State, as insurance giants consider exiting the market due to unsustainable conditions.
Starting next year, Progressive will focus only on insuring owner-occupied properties, doing away with dwelling/fire or DP3 coverage. This drastic move will immediately affect roughly 100,000 policyholders in Florida, leaving them scrambling for alternatives in an already tumultuous market.
While Progressive’s partnership with Tampa-based Loggerhead Insurance may provide a safety net for some, it raises critical concerns. What happens to the homeowners who don’t fit into Loggerhead’s underwriting standards? And with Progressive adjusting its sails, what’s to stop other major insurers from following suit?
The overarching concern is the escalating insurance rates and a legislature that seems to be struggling to rein them in. Despite the recent reforms, homeowners have yet to see any tangible relief. With insurance premiums skyrocketing, many are left wondering if owning a home in Florida is becoming an unaffordable dream.