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Property insurance rates could rise for thousands of Floridians

A ratings agency has plans to downgrade more than two dozen Florida-based property insurance companies in a move that could cost more money for homeowners with loans. The ratings firm Demotech plans to downgrade the 27 insurers from an “A" rating to ratings of either “S" for substantial or “M" for moderate, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Demotech rates 40 Florida-based insurance companies. Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis criticized the ratings agency for the downgrade planned for later this month. They said the decision was based largely on the company’s opinion that legislative reforms enacted over the past two years were not enough to bring the state’s overall insurance market back to health. The market has been facing losses over the past five years. By doing that, the ratings firm was applying a methodology that fell outside the criteria it is supposed to use, the Florida officials said in letters. “This is an example of inconsistent, monopolistic power of a select rating agency and is trying to exert coercive influence over Floridians and policymakers in an effort to thwart public policy according to its own opinions,” Altmaier said in his letter. MORE: https://bit.ly/3oBMy73 ►Subscribe: https://on.wtsp.com/youtube ►Website: https://www.wtsp.com/ ►Facebook: https://facebook.com/10TampaBay ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/10TampaBay

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