Published on August 12, 2021
Written by The Servion Group
Yes. Flood insurance must always be escrowed. This requirement is contained in a 2015 rule issued jointly by the FDIC, OCC, NCUA and several other regulatory bodies. The rule requires credit unions, community banks, or servicers acting on their behalf to escrow flood insurance premiums and fees for mortgage loans made on or after January 1, 2016.
Because of this rule, an escrow for flood insurance must be established at closing. This is the case no matter the LTV. And, flood insurance must be escrowed even if property taxes and/or homeowners insurance are not.
Insurance claim checks are often made out to both the borrower and the mortgage company/servicer. This is standard practice in the insurance industry. Essentially, the insurance company is issuing payment to anyone who has a financial interest in the property. This practice is designed to ensure that the insurance funds are used to make the necessary repairs associated with the claim.
The check cannot be deposited into an account until all parties have signed it, including the mortgage company/servicer.
If your borrower has received an insurance claim check made out to both them and Servion, here is what they should do:
Checks and related material should be sent to:
Attn: Loan Servicing
500 Main Street
New Brighton, MN 55112
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