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Cancellation or Nonrenewal of Personal Automobile and Homeowners Insurance
The Maine Bureau of Insurance
Cancellation and Nonrenewal of Personal Auto and Property Insurance
The Maine Automobile Insurance Cancellation Control Act and the Maine Property Insurance Cancellation Control Act were enacted to protect policyholders. These laws control how an insurance company may cancel or nonrenew certain personal automobile, property, and liability insurance policies.
Cancellation is the termination of a policy at some point between its effective date and its expiration date.
Nonrenewal is when an insurer decides that it will not renew the policy for another term after it expires.
Initial Underwriting Period - In the case of an application for a new policy, the insurer can cancel within the initial underwriting period if a review of your application shows that you do not meet the company’s current guidelines. The insurance company must issue a written notice of cancellation to reach you before the policy has been in effect for 60 days for an automobile policy and 90 days for a homeowners or dwelling policy. If the policy covers a seasonal dwelling, the time period is 120 days. After this initial underwriting period has passed, (either 60, 90, or 120 days) an insurer may only cancel for only a reason listed in the law.
The Maine Automobile Insurance Cancellation Control Act allows nonrenewal of a policy for certain accidents or specific motor vehicle convictions, or for a reason for which the policy could be cancelled.
Reasons permitting cancellation of an auto policy are:
Some of the additional reasons permitting nonrenewal of an auto policy are:
The Maine Property Insurance Cancellation Control Act states that the reason for nonrenewal of property insurance must be a good faith reason and related to the insurability of the property, or an allowed reason for cancellation.
Reasons permitting cancellation of a property policy include:
In the case of nonrenewal of a policy, the insurance company must give you notice at least 30 days before the expiration date that the company does not intend to renew your policy.
For a policy cancellation, the insurance company must notify you at least 20 days before the date of cancellation, except if the cancellation is for nonpayment of premium, then only 10 days notice is required.
The notice period begins the day after you receive the notice or when it is deemed by law to have been received.
A cancellation notice is deemed received on the fifth calendar day after it was mailed by the insurer.
A nonrenewal notice is deemed received on the third calendar day after it was mailed by the insurer.
How to appeal the cancellation or nonrenewal of your policy
If you want to appeal the cancellation or nonrenewal of a policy covered under one of these cancellation laws, you may call the Bureau of Insurance or send a written request to us by mail or by fax.
To request a hearing in writing:
Superintendent of Insurance
Our fax number is (207) 624-8599. Or call (207) 624-8475 or (800) 300-500 toll-free to make a request by telephone.
You must provide a copy of the notice of cancellation or nonrenewal you received before a hearing can be scheduled. You must request a hearing within 30 days of your receipt of the insurance company’s notice.
The Cancellation Control Acts do not give you the right to a hearing if you receive the notice of cancellation during the initial underwriting period (either 60, 90, or 120 days depending upon the type of policy involved.
Also, if the company renews your policy, but you fail to pay the premium by the date required to accept the renewal, you are considered to have refused the offer of renewal. The policy will then end on the renewal date. The insurer is not required to issue a cancellation notice for this circumstance.
Although the Bureau can provide you with general insurance information, and help when violations of insurance law have occurred, the Bureau cannot:
Visit the Bureau’s Website at:
Last Updated: August 12, 2013
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