ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida homeowners are seeing their premiums jump — sometimes by more than triple — or their policies are getting dropped all together.
Tom Cotton, owner of Hugh Cotton Insurance in Orlando, told News 6 anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly” the crisis is a culmination of issues that haven’t been fixed over several years, but litigation is the main ingredient.
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Cotton went on to say the key point to fixing the crisis: making roofs cash value.
“People are treating their homeowners policy as a warranty policy for a roof,” Cotton said. “Right now, if you have damage to a roof and it’s 5 years old, you get a new roof. If your roof is 25 years old and gets damaged, you get a brand-new roof.”
Watch “The Weekly” for tips from Cotton on what to do when in this situation.
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