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 HOMEOWNER’S POLICY ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
Pre and Post Policy Protections
The Homeowner’s Policy coverage protects homeowners against claims arising both before and after the policy date. The homeowner is covered if someone else has an interest in or claims to have rights affecting title, or the title is defective. Post- policy protection also includes coverage for forgery, impersonation, easements, use limitations and structural encroachments built by neighbors (except for boundary walls or fences) after the policy date.
Expanded Access Coverage
The Homeowner’s Policy provides homeowners with expanded access protection for right of access to and from the property. Traditional title policies do not define the type of access a homeowner has to the property, but the Homeowner’s Policy specifically insures both actual pedestrian and vehicular access, based on a legal right.
Restrictive Covenant Violations
The Homeowner’s Policy protects homeowners against the loss of title to property because of a violation of a restrictive covenant that occurred before the insured acquired title.
Building Permit Violations
The Homeowner’s Policy covers homeowners if they must remove or remedy an existing structure (except for boundary walls and fences) because it was built without a building permit from the proper government office. This coverage is subject to deductible amounts and maximum limits of liability.
Subdivision Law Violations
The Homeowner’s Policy protects homeowners if they can’t sell the property or get a building permit because of a violation of an existing subdivision law. Homeowners are also protected if they are forced to correct or remove the violation. This coverage is subject to deductible amounts and maximum limits of liability.
Zoning Law Violations
The Homeowner’s Policy protects homeowners if they must remove or remedy existing structures because they violate existing zoning laws or regulations (subject to the deductible amounts and maximum limit of liability). Homeowners are also protected if they can’t use the land for a single-family residence due to the way the land is zoned.
Encroachment Protection
The Homeowner’s Policy covers homeowners if forced to remove an existing structure because it encroaches on a neighbor’s land (coverage for encroachments of boundary walls or fences is subject to deductible amounts and maximum limit of liability). It also covers homeowners when someone else has a legal right to, and does, refuse to perform a contract to purchase the homeowner’s land, lease it or make a mortgage loan on it because a neighbor’s existing structures encroach onto the land.
Water and Mineral Rights Damage
The Homeowner’s Policy provides coverage if a homeowner’s existing improvements, including lawns, shrubbery and trees, are damaged because someone exercised a right to use the surface of the land for extraction of minerals or water.
Supplemental Tax Lien
The Homeowner’s Policy protects homeowners if a supplemental tax lien is filed and assessed against the property because of new construction or a change of ownership prior to the policy date.
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