§ 27-5-3.2. Property insurance.
(a) No lending institution, as defined in § 19-9-1, doing business in this state, its affiliates or subsidiaries, or a bank holding company, as defined in 12 U.S.C. § 1841, its affiliates or subsidiaries, shall, as a condition of the mortgage or as a term of the mortgage deed, require that the mortgagor carry property insurance on the property which is the subject of the mortgage in excess of the replacement cost of any buildings or appurtenances subject to the mortgage; provided, when in the course of selling, transferring, conveying or assigning a mortgage, the servicing rights of the mortgage are similarly transferred, conveyed or assigned, then and in that event it shall be the responsibility of the holder of the mortgage to notify the insurance producer issuing the property insurance policy and the insurer in writing of that sale, transfer, conveyance, or assignment. This notice shall be made in writing and shall be sent to the insurance producer and the insurer within thirty (30) days of the sale, transfer, conveyance, or assignment by mail. In the event that the holder of a mortgage shall fail to notify the insurance producer and the insurer who issued the property insurance policy that is in force, in writing, of that sale, transfer, conveyance, or assignment within thirty (30) days, the holder shall indemnify and hold the insurance producer harmless.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision in this title to the contrary, no such holder of a mortgage shall be entitled to payment of a claim under a property insurance policy for a loss to a covered building which equals less than three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500), and for which such holder of a mortgage is otherwise entitled to payment, unless no liability exists as to the mortgagor.
(P.L. 1986, ch. 166, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 63, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 112, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 102, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 105, § 1.)