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§ 2695.9. Additional Standards Applicable to First Party Residential and Commercial Property In...

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Title 10. Investment
Chapter 5. Insurance Commissioner
Subchapter 7.5. Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices in the Business of Insurance
Article 1. Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations
10 CCR § 2695.9
§ 2695.9. Additional Standards Applicable to First Party Residential and Commercial Property Insurance Policies.
(a) When a residential or commercial property insurance policy provides for the adjustment and settlement of first party losses based on replacement cost, the following standards apply:
(1) When a loss requires repair or replacement of an item or part, any consequential physical damage incurred in making the repair or replacement not otherwise excluded by the policy shall be included in the loss. The insured shall not have to pay for depreciation nor any other cost except for the applicable deductible.
(2) When a loss requires replacement of items and the replaced items do not match in quality, color or size, the insurer shall replace all items in the damaged area so as to conform to a reasonably uniform appearance.
(b) No insurer shall require that the insured have the property repaired by a specific individual or entity.
(c) No insurer shall suggest or recommend that the insured have the property repaired by a specific individual or entity unless:
(1) the referral is expressly requested by the claimant; or
(2) the claimant has been informed in writing of the right to select a repair individual or entity and, if the claimant accepts the suggestion or recommendation, the insurer shall cause the damaged property to be restored to no less than its condition prior to the loss and repaired in a manner which meets accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction at no additional cost to the claimant other than as stated in the policy or as otherwise allowed by these regulations.
(d) If losses are settled on the basis of a written scope and/or estimate prepared by or for the insurer, the insurer shall supply the claimant with a copy of each document upon which the settlement is based. The estimate prepared by or for the insurer shall be in accordance with applicable policy provisions, of an amount which will restore the damaged property to no less than its condition prior to the loss and which will allow for repairs to be made in a manner which meets accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction. The insurer shall take reasonable steps to verify that the repair or rebuilding costs utilized by the insurer or its claims agents are accurate and representative of costs in the local market area. If the claimant subsequently contends, based upon a written estimate which he or she obtains, that necessary repairs will exceed the written estimate prepared by or for the insurer, the insurer shall:
(1) pay the difference between its written estimate and a higher estimate obtained by the claimant; or,
(2) if requested by the claimant, promptly provide the claimant with the name of at least one repair individual or entity that will make the repairs for the amount of the written estimate. The insurer shall cause the damaged property to be restored to no less than its condition prior to the loss and which will allow for repairs in a manner which meets accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction at no additional cost to the claimant other than as stated in the policy or as otherwise allowed by these regulations; or,
(3) reasonably adjust any written estimates prepared by the repair individual or entity of the insured's choice and provide a copy of the adjusted estimate to the claimant.
(e) Once the appraisal provision under an insurance policy is invoked, the appraisal process shall not include any legal proceeding or procedure not specified under California Insurance Code Section 2071. Nothing herein is intended to preclude separate legal proceedings on issues unrelated to the appraisal process.
(f) When the amount claimed is adjusted because of betterment, depreciation, or salvage, all justification for the adjustment shall be contained in the claim file. Any adjustments shall be discernable, measurable, itemized, and specified as to dollar amount, and shall accurately reflect the value of the betterment, depreciation, or salvage. Any adjustments for betterment or depreciation shall reflect a measurable difference in market value attributable to the condition and age of the property and apply only to property normally subject to repair and replacement during the useful life of the property. The basis for any adjustment shall be fully explained to the claimant in writing.
(1) Under a policy, subject to California Insurance Code Section 2071, where the insurer is required to pay the expense of repairing, rebuilding or replacing the property destroyed or damaged with other of like kind and quality, the measure of recovery is determined by the actual cash value of the damaged or destroyed property, as set forth in California Insurance Code Section 2051. Except for the intrinsic labor costs that are included in the cost of manufactured materials or goods, the expense of labor necessary to repair, rebuild or replace covered property is not a component of physical depreciation and shall not be subject to depreciation or betterment.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 790.10, 2051, 2051.5, 2071, 12921 and 12926, Insurance Code; Section 7109, Business and Professions Code; and Sections 11152 and 11342.2, Government Code. Reference: Sections 790.03(h)(3), (5) and (7), Insurance Code.
HISTORY
1. New section filed 12-15-92; operative 1-14-93 (Register 92, No. 52).
2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 1-10-97; operative 5-10-97 (Register 97, No. 2).
3. Amendment of section heading, section and Note filed 4-24-2003; operative 7-23-2003 (Register 2003, No. 17).
4. Change without regulatory effect filed 8-4-2004 depublishing the amendments to the insurance claims handling practices regulations that were approved by OAL 4-24-2003, but were enjoined in Personal Insurance Federation and The Surety Association of America v. John Garamendi, and reinstating replacement regulations that were either (1) in effect prior to OAL's 4-24-2003 approval of the amendments to the regulations or (2) were found by the court to be valid, as amended, all pursuant to a court-approved settlement agreement dated 6-7-2004 (Register 2004, No. 32).
5. Amendment of subsections (c)(2) and (e), new subsections (f)-(f)(1) and amendment of Note filed 6-1-2006; operative 8-30-2006 (Register 2006, No. 22).
This database is current through 9/6/19 Register 2019, No. 36
10 CCR § 2695.9, 10 CA ADC § 2695.9
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