Multifamily Industry Leaders Weigh in on the National Flood Insurance Program

Earlier this year, United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held two hearings to address flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including efforts to reform and reauthorize the program before its September 2017 expiration. In written comments submitted to lawmakers and on behalf of the multifamily industry, leaders of […]

Why Reevaluating Your Flood Risk Now is a Bright Idea

If you own, manage, or represent, residential or commercial property in a SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area, which is a FEMA-designated high-risk flood zone) and subject to mandatory flood insurance, now is an appropriate time to reevaluate your flood risk. In the article, Flood Insurance on the Cusp of Tremendous Change, John Dickson, writing for […]

Elevation News to Manage Flood Risk – Noteworthy Takeaways from Bergen Co., NJ

Elevation plays a critical role in determining flood insurance rates. A couple of feet, a few documentation errors or significant omissions can make a considerable difference in the amount property owners pay for coverage or measures implemented to mitigate flood damage. In Bergen County, New Jersey, FEMA is in the midst of updating the area’s […]

Commercial Property Owners Face More NFIP Changes – Leaving a High-risk Flood Zone Designation to Chance Will Cost You

In its recently released Bulletin W15016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) detailed additional changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), effective November 1, 2015. Key program changes include the following: Implementation of a procedure to identify business properties in order to implement the 25-percent annual premium increases on Pre-FIRM subsidized business properties; Reformatting […]

Key Takeaways from FEMA’s Senate Testimony on NFIP Reforms and Small Businesses

Last month, Brad Kieserman, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to report on the impact of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reforms on small businesses. Regardless of business size, if you own, operate or represent commercial property subject to flood insurance […]

Why Commercial Property Owners Cannot Pin Their Hopes on Flood Insurance Parity

In 2014, U.S. Representative David Jolly (R-FL) introduced the Flood Insurance Premium Parity Act of 2014. The legislation, known as H.R. 4313, resulted largely from the omission of commercial property and secondary homes from the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which provided relief from the sweeping reforms of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of […]

A Small Business Property Owner and the Bureaucratic Red Tape of FEMA

This is a cautionary tale of the bureaucratic red tape for commercial property owners subject to the imposition of flood insurance requirements. It is a story we are following out of Snohomish County, Washington. It can happen anywhere due to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) updated policies requiring buildings in flood zones to comply […]

New Jersey’s Flood Hazard Compliance Confusion and Why it Matters

Scott Gurian of New Jersey Public Radio put together an interesting report, NJ Flood Zone Building Rules Conflict with FEMA, that should raise the ire of every property owner across the country. The confusing inconsistencies in standards at the intersection of local and national floodplain management provide little, if any, comfort particularly to those with […]