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Insurance Question from Delair, NJ

Asked on 09/21/2015

How can I obtain homeowners insurance? I currently live in a property owned by a deceased relative. The relative expired in 2008. I have lived in the property and paying the mortgage since 2002. There was no will and no deed transfer. The insurance company is not renewing the policy since the insured does not live at the residence. What should be my next course of action?

Answer given on September 29, 2015

A homeowner policy is written on property that is owner occupied. Since you do not own the property then the property is not eligible for a homeowner policy.The relative has been deceased for a long time and you should have started the process of trying to obtain ownership long ago. However, you need to go to the state to see how you can obtain the property legally.If you lived in the home prior to the death you may have a better chance of obtaining title to the home, but you must be able to prove it. This issue will probably require legal help from an attorney, so you should contact someone for assistance there. Each state has its own rules and laws regarding property. Also, if there are other relatives they may too want to claim ownership of the home. See if the insurance company will give you additional time to settle the estate if you are certain you will be awarded the property. They may agree to do so, since you have been paying the premiums for these seven years.


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