California Code, Insurance Code - INS § 771
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(a) The exercise by any person engaged in that business of that person's right to approve or disapprove, for reasonable cause, as determined by appropriate regulatory authority, of the insurer selected to underwrite the insurance, nor of that person's right to furnish insurance or to renew any insurance required by the contract of sale or trust deed or other loan agreement if the borrower or purchaser shall have failed to furnish the insurance or renewal thereof within a reasonable time or form as may be specified in the sale or loan agreement. The lender shall not refuse to accept insurance provided by an acceptable insurer on the ground that the insurance provides more coverage than is required in the sale or loan agreement, unless the additional coverage consists of automobile, life, or disability insurance.
The Commissioner of Financial Protection and Innovation, in conjunction with the Insurance Commissioner, shall issue appropriate regulations defining “reasonable cause.”
(b) Any lender from recommending to any borrower or prospective borrower the placing of insurance with a specified insurer or through a specified insurance agent or broker as long as the recommendation, with respect to a sale of real property or a loan upon the security of real property, clearly sets forth both the name and the mailing address of the recommended insurer or insurance agent or broker and does not violate the provisions of Section 770 or of any other section of this code. On and after July 1, 1972, the recommendation clearly setting forth the name and the mailing address of the recommended insurer or insurance agent or broker shall be in writing.
(c) The free choice of insurance agent or broker by any borrower or purchaser at any time, and the borrower or purchaser may revoke any designation of insurance agent or broker at any time irrespective of the provisions of any loan or purchase agreement or trust deed.
(d) The exercise of any person engaged in that business of that person's right to furnish insurance or to renew insurance, and to charge the account of the borrower or purchaser with the costs thereof, if the borrower or purchaser fails to deliver to the lender the insurance at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the policy. If an insurance policy renewing or replacing, at expiration time, the policy then in force is received by the lender less than 15 days prior to the expiration of the policy held by the lender, or if an insurance policy procured by the borrower or purchaser is subsequently substituted for that then in force, the lender may impose a reasonable service charge as determined by the Insurance Commissioner for the transaction, the payment of which charge by the agent or broker is not a violation of any other provision of this code. No service charges shall be imposed for normal insurance changes made during the term of the policy.
(e) The commissioner is authorized to adopt a uniform statewide schedule of permissive maximum charges for the substitution of policies authorized in subdivision (d).
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