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The North Carolina Rate Bureau has requested the N.C. Department of Insurance increase homeowners’ insurance rates 17.4 percent effective Oct. 1, 2019.

The Rate Bureau attests the increase is needed to cover increased losses, hurricane losses and the net cost of reinsurance.

Last year, the Rate Bureau requested an 18.9 percent increase, but settled on an average 4.8 percent rate increase.

A public comment period is required by law to give the public time to address the Rate Bureau’s proposed rate increase. There are three ways to provide comment:

A Public Comment forum will be held to listen to public input on the Rate Bureau’s rate increase request at the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Second Floor Hearing room on February 26, 2019 starting at 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Department of Insurance is located in the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, N.C;

Emailed public comments should be sent by February 26, 2019, to: 2018Homeowners@ncdoi.gov;

Written public comments should be mailed to Tricia Ford, Paralegal Administrator to be received by February 26, 2019, and addressed to 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201.

All public comments will be shared with the N.C. Rate Bureau.

If Department of Insurance officials do not agree with the requested rates, they will either be denied or negotiated with the N.C. Rate Bureau.

If a settlement cannot be reached, a hearing will be called within 50 days.

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