As you may already know, Congress did not reauthorize the NFIP by the January 19th deadline. This means the Program will experience a hiatus and with the government shutdown, it may be a little longer than expected. This isn’t the first time this has happened and we are confident the program will be reauthorized. That said, when this happens it can be confusing and we want to guide you through the chaos.
With the NFIP being expired, they have no authority to:
- Issue new policies for which application and premium payment dates are on or after January 20, 2018; or,
- Issue increased coverage on existing policies for which endorsement and premium payment dates are on or after January 20, 2018; or,
- Issue renewal policies for which the renewal premium is received by the company on or after January 20, 2018, and after the end of the 30-day renewal grace period, until Congress reauthorizes the Program.
If NFIP insurance isn’t available, what does this mean for you?
- You can close a loan without flood insurance.
The flood insurance rules only require that you purchase an NFIP policy prior to loan closing. You do not need to obtain a private flood insurance policy or delay closing. Be sure to check with your investors; however, as they may have different requirements.
- You still need to pull a Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form and give the Notice of Special Flood Hazard Area, if applicable
- When the NFIP is reauthorized, you will need to notify affected borrowers and begin force placement procedures.
FEMA also recently issued guidance in the event a lapse would occur. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions from when this last occurred back in 2010.