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R590. Insurance, Administration.

Rule R590-166. Home Protection Service Contract Rule.

As in effect on October 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R590-166-1. Authority.

This rule is issued by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to the authority granted under Subsection 31A-2-201(3) to adopt rules for the implementation of the Utah Insurance Code and under Subsections 31A-6a-110(1) and (2).

R590-166-2. Purpose and Scope.

The purpose of this rule is to establish certain exemptions from the requirements of Chapter 6a of Title 31A as it relates to home protection companies as defined herein.

R590-166-3. Definition.

A. "Home protection service contract," also referred to as "home service contract" or "home warranty," means a service contract as defined by Subsection 31A-6a-101(3)(a) whereby a person, other than a builder, seller, or lessor of a home which is the subject of the contract, undertakes, for a specified period of time and for a predetermined fee, to repair or replace components, systems, or appliances of such home upon mechanical or operational failure, or to make indemnification to the holder of such contract for such repair or replacement.

B. "Home protection company" means a service contract provider as defined by 31A-6a-101(5) who issues home protection service contracts, excluding insurers authorized for casualty insurance.

R590-166-4. Rule.

A. Upon prior written notification to the commissioner, home protection companies doing business in this state who are, at the time of notification, in compliance with all the terms and provisions set forth in this rule and are in compliance with all of the terms and provisions of Chapter 6a of Title 31A, except those terms and provisions specifically exempted herein, shall be exempt from the requirements of Subsections 31A-6a-103(1)(a) and (b), and 31A-6a- 103(2)(b)(iv) and the requirements of Subsections 31A-6a-104(1)(a) and (b), and 31A-6a-104(2)(a)(i); provided, however, that nothing herein shall abrogate the requirement that home protection companies file copies of the service contracts to be used in this state, and any modifications thereto as would otherwise be required pursuant to Subsections 31A-6a-103(2)(a) and (b). So long as a home protection company remains in compliance with this rule, the home protection company's election to be subject to this rule shall remain in effect until written notification to the commissioner by the company of the company's withdrawal of its election. Notwithstanding the foregoing, home protection companies who are doing business in this state prior to the effective date of this rule and who elect to be subject to this rule as of the rule's effective date shall have until 60 days from the rule's effective date to attain compliance with all the terms and provisions of the rule.

B. To assure the faithful performance of its obligations to its contract holders the home protection company shall deposit in accordance with Section 31A-2-206 an amount not less than $10,000 for each 500 home protection service contracts in force in this state, but not to exceed $100,000. In the event of any failure of the home protection company to perform its obligations to its contract holders, the commissioner may make equitable distributions to contract- holders from funds held on deposit.

C. In lieu of the deposit required in paragraph B above, a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit in favor of the commissioner for $50,000 may be filed by the home protection company. When, based on the home protection company's annual report pursuant to Section 5(A) hereof, the number of home protection service contracts issued by a protection company then in force in this state exceeds 2,500, the amount of the surety bond or letter of credit shall be increased to $100,000. The bond shall be issued by an insurer authorized to transact surety business in this state. Any letter of credit shall be from a bank approved by the commissioner and in a form acceptable to the commissioner. The surety bond or letter of credit shall be held for the same purpose as the deposit in lieu of which it is filed. No bond or letter of credit shall be cancelled or subject to cancellation unless at least 30 days advance notice, in writing, thereof is filed with the commissioner and evidence of other security is provided.

D. The securities, bond or letter of credit of a home protection company deposited as required by this rule shall constitute a claim fund to be administered by the commissioner for the benefit of persons sustaining actionable injury due to the insolvency or impairment of the home protection company. The commissioner may, at his option, seek assumption of an insolvent home protection company's obligations and business by a solvent company, and apply the insolvent home protection company's deposit or proceeds of any surety bond or letter of credit to this purpose.

E. Any deposit, surety bond or letter of credit shall be maintained unimpaired as long as the home protection company continues to do business in this state. Whenever the home protection company ceases to do business in this state and furnishes the commissioner proof that it has discharged or otherwise adequately provided for all its obligations to its home protection service contract holders in this state, the commissioner shall authorize release of the deposited securities, surety bond or letter of credit on file at that time.

R590-166-5. Annual Statements, Interim Reports.

A. A home protection company electing to be subject to this rule shall annually, within 90 days after the close of its fiscal year, file with the commissioner its annual statement in a form prescribed by the commissioner. Such annual statement shall include a current financial statement prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, reviewed by an independent certified public accountant, and verified by the home protection company's president and principal financial or accounting officer.

B. Each annual statement shall also report the home protection company's volume of business in this state during the preceding fiscal year, the losses thereon, open depositories at year end, and a statement of assets and liabilities.

C. A home protection company which fails to file its annual statement in the form and within the time provided in this rule may be fined $500 for each month, or any part thereof, during which such delinquency continues, and upon notice by the commissioner, its election to be subject to this rule may be suspended or revoked until such delinquency is cured to the satisfaction of the commissioner.

D. In addition to an annual statement, the commissioner may require of any particular home protection company, in any situation where that home protection company's ability to service its obligations to holders or creditors is in reasonable doubt, such additional regular or special reports as the commissioner may deem necessary.

R590-166-6. Severability.

If a provision of this rule or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid, the remainder of the rule and the application of such provisions is not effected.

KEY

insurance

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 24, 2006

Notice of Continuation

April 7, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

31A-2-201; 31A-6a-110


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R590, please contact the promulgating agency (Insurance, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.