Residents that may have suffered damages due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew are now finding themselves having to deal with another headache: insurance scammers. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) is finding itself having to remind homeowners to practice caution when it comes to deals that may be “too good to be true”. The office is encouraging homeowners to thoroughly check credentials and licenses when dealing with insurance professionals or contractors.
Florida continues its efforts to fight the abuse of assigned of benefits and Hurricane Matthew’s damage only makes the situation harder. Florida homeowner insurance is among the most expensive in the country and homeowners should be wary of who they choose to do business with.
The state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a great resource to check the licenses of a contractor and it never hurts to ask for references. A lack of references or unwillingness to provide any is a strong indicator that the person or company may not be reputable.
Even after a policyholder has properly qualified a vendor, there is still the matter of making sure that the third-party contract offered is being properly understood before signing. In most cases, agreements explicitly state the policyholder or their insurer is responsible for the costs involved. If the damage is significant, some policyholders may not able to comfortably pay a vendor out of pocket or obtain reimbursement later.
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