The geographic areas in which we invest may be at risk for damage to property due to certain weather-related and environmental events, including such things as hurricanes, flooding, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, snowstorm, sinkholes, and earthquakes. To the extent possible, the Manager may but is not required to attempt to acquire insurance against fire or environmental hazards. However, such insurance may not be available in all areas, nor are all hazards insurable as some may be deemed acts of God or be subject to other policy exclusions.
The Manager expects to obtain a lender’s title insurance policy and will require that owners of property securing its notes maintain hazard insurance naming the Company as the beneficiary. All decisions relating to the type, quality and amount of insurance to be placed on property will be made exclusively by the Manager. Certain types of losses that may impact the security could be of a catastrophic nature (due to such things as hurricanes, flooding, ice storms, tornadoes, wind damage, earthquakes, landslides, and sinkholes, and floods), some of which may be uninsurable, not fully insured or not economically insurable. This may result in insurance coverage that, in the event of a substantial loss, would not be sufficient to pay the full prevailing market value or prevailing replacement cost of the underlying property. Inflation, changes in building codes and ordinances, environmental considerations, and other factors also might make it unfeasible to use insurance proceeds to replace the underlying property once it has been damaged or destroyed. Under such circumstances, the insurance proceeds received might not be adequate to restore the property, leaving the Company without security for its notes.
Furthermore, an insurance company may deny coverage for certain claims, and/or determine that the value of the claim is less than the cost to restore the property, and a lawsuit could have to be initiated to force them to provide coverage, resulting in further losses in income to the Company. Additionally, properties may now contain or come to contain mold, which may not be covered by insurance and has been linked to health issues.
Further, when a borrower defaults, it is likely that they will allow their hazard insurance to lapse. The Manager will attempt to obtain its own insurance policies on such properties, to the extent such lender’s policies are available, but it is possible that some of the properties securing the notes may be uninsured for a period of time or uninsurable. If damage occurred during a time when a property was uninsured, the Company may suffer a loss of its security for a loan.