Homeowners Insurance Glossary
An event that happens by chance, typically resulting in damage or injury.
A specific dollar amount that must be paid out on a particular claim type before it can become chargeable.
Accidental Death (AD)
This optional coverage pays for death expenses if, in a covered accident, bodily injury causes the death of you or a covered family member.
Actual Cash Value
The value of your property, based on market value minus depreciation.
Third-party professional who calculates premium rates, risks, etc. for the pricing of insurance policies.
The insurance company employee who investigates insurance claims and determines policyholder’s claims.
The person applying for an insurance policy
An evaluation of a home insurance property claim by an authorized person to determine property value or damaged property value.
Provides proof of home insurance coverage until you receive your permanent policy.
Someone who negotiates insurance contracts on behalf of insurers
When a policy is terminated before the expiration date
An insurance provider
A request for payment by the policyholder after an accident or other loss
The person making the claim
The person who determines the cause of the loss and whether or not it’s covered under the insurance policy.
A personal home insurance policy for condominium owners
Insurance coverage for household contents and other belongings worn or carried by the homeowner and covered family members.
The section of an insurance contract containing such information as the name, description, and location of insured property; the name and address of the policyholders; the period for which the policy is in force; premiums payable; and the amount of coverage.
A bill or policy that is overdue in payment
The decrease in property value over time.
The amount of premium that an insurance company has earned on your policy.
An employee of the insurance company that works within a specific territory.
The cancellation of an insurance policy before the insurance company has assumed liability, resulting in the insured getting their premium refunded.
A deliberate misrepresentation for gain.
Some auto insurance policies have a time frame that allows customers to make a payment after the due date.
Automatically adjusts your home insurance policy limits to account for cost increases to repair or rebuild your property.
A fee charged when making monthly installment payments of an insurance premium
One or more payments made by the insured until the entire insurance premium is fully paid. They may be made monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually at a slight additional charge.
The insurance company
The homeowners insurance policy holder
The portion of an insurance policy that specifies which risks are covered and also lists the exclusions.
Lapse in Coverage
A period of time when a person goes without insurance coverage
Protects you against financial loss if you are sued and found legally responsible for someone else’s injury or property damage
The amount the insurance company pays on a claim
Loss of use
A provision in homeowners insurance policies that reimburses policyholders for the costs of having to live elsewhere while the home is being restored after a disaster.
The current value of your home.
Medical Payments Coverage
Helps pay for your medical and funeral expenses
Giving false or misleading information
A number issued by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for each individual underwriting company.
When an insurance company decides not to renew the insurance policy.
An occurrence policy covers claims made for injuries sustained during the life of an insurance policy. It covers losses that take place during a specific coverage period, regardless of when an incident is reported.
The maximum amount an insurance company will pay for a loss covered by the insurance policy.
The process of terminating a policy before the expiration date stated in the policy, and issuing a new policy.
The policy that will respond first in the event that a loss is covered by more than one policy.
Pro Rata Cancellation
Cancellation on an insurance policy in which the policyholder is fully refunded for premiums that have been paid in advance.
Physical damage to your property
An estimate of the price of your potential insurance policy.
The determination of the cost of a premium based on risk characteristics and calculation of the chance of a loss.
The information that is transferred from one state to another.
When a policy is reactivated without lapse after cancellation or expiration.
Continuation of a policy after its expiration date.
Renewal With Lapse
When a policy is renewed past the expiration date, after a period without coverage.
The chance of loss to the insured that’s related to the insurance policy.
Short Rate Cancellation
When an insured cancels the insurance policy prior to the expiration date and a penalty is applied to the refund amount based on the time remaining on the policy.
Single Interest Insurance
Covers the interests of one of the two parties that co-own property. Usually refers to insurance protecting the bank or other lending institution but not the owner-borrower.
An additional amount of money charged to a premium based on the actions of the insured such as accidents or moving violations.
The period of time that the insurance policy is active.
The unlawful taking of your possessions
Extra liability insurance that provides an extra layer of security from large claims or lawsuits.
Underinsured Property Damage
Coverage for property damage caused by a party who is at fault and not sufficiently insured
The amount of a pre-paid premium that has not yet been used to buy coverage
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Provides coverage for injuries you and others suffer when you’re in an accident with an uninsured driver, or a driver without adequate insurance.
The process of evaluating the risk of insuring an automobile.
An insurance policy that has been canceled and cannot be reinstated.
Written assurance of a product’s reliability and the manufacturer’s accountability to replace or repair defective parts.
Written No-Loss Statement
A written and signed statement by the insured that claims no losses, no accidents, and no damage was done to the insured vehicle between the time your policy canceled to the time of reinstatement.
The amount of the premium charged for a policy that has already become effective.