RATE CHANGES WHEN PROPERTIES ARE SOLD The 2014 law protects policyholders from significant and unanticipated increases in flood insurance costs that could impact their property sales. Subsidized rates continue to apply, and as of May 1, 2014, both the policy and its subsidized rates can be transferred to the new owner. Grandfathered rates can also be transferred at the time of sale.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is in the process of implementing Congressionally mandated reforms required by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 that repeal and modify the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12). >>This fact sheet<< provides an overview of the changes to flood insurance rates under the NFIP. While the new law is implemented, policyholders are encouraged to maintain and keep their current flood insurance policies. Allowing policies to lapse will leave policyholders unprotected. Policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policies should contact their insurance agent.