New federal rule covers private flood insurance
By Steven A. Meyerowitz|February 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Five federal regulatory agencies — the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — have issued a joint final rule to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 requiring regulated institutions to accept certain private flood insurance policies in addition to National Flood Insurance Program policies.
The rule, which takes effect July 1, 2019:
- Implements the Biggert-Waters Act requirement that regulated lending institutions accept private flood insurance policies that satisfy criteria specified in the law;
- Allows institutions to rely on an insurer’s written assurances in a private flood insurance policy stating the criteria are met;
- Clarifies that institutions may, under certain conditions, accept private flood insurance policies that do not meet the Biggert-Waters Act criteria; and
- Allows institutions to accept certain flood coverage plans provided by mutual aid societies, subject to agency approval.
Regulations implementing the federal flood insurance statutes prohibit regulated lending institutions from making loans secured by improved real property located in special flood hazard areas unless the property has adequate flood insurance coverage.