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What is Loss Payee and Lenders Loss Payable?

In the world of insurance, protecting assets and investments is paramount. Loss Payee and Lenders Loss Payable are two critical terms that come into play when third-party interests are involved. In this article, we will explore these concepts and how they relate to insurable risks.

What is a Loss Payee?

A Loss Payee is similar to an additional insured request you may see on a General Liability policy, but for property coverage. Often times companies lending you equipment or a landlord leasing you an office (aka third parties) will require this coverage, so that they would be indemnified for their property in the event of a loss. 

What is a Lender’s Loss Payable?

Similar to the above, a Lender’s Loss Payable endorsement applies to a property policy and would be applicable when a third party is lending you money, so in this case, intangible property. For example, when a bank loans you money for a mortgage, they would want to ensure that they will still be paid accordingly in the event of a loss. 

Loss Payee vs. Lender’s Loss Payable

While “Loss Payee” and “Lender’s Loss Payable” may sound similar, there is an important difference between them in terms of the insurance protection given to the lender in the event of a loss. If the lender is named as a loss payee when a covered loss takes place and the insured is entitled to payment, the payment would be made to the lender for the amount they would have been owed by the insured. 

If the insurance company is not required to make payment to the insured due to wrongful acts or non-compliance, then the lender would not receive payment either. If the lender is named as a lender’s loss payable and a covered loss occurs, the lender would have the right to the loss payment, even if non-compliance or wrongful acts come into play. 

The lender’s loss payable status will also provide the lender with notices from the insurance company in the event of cancellation or non-renewal by the carrier. 

Where to look out for Loss Payee & Loss Payable 

It is common for a bank to need to be added as a Lender’s Loss Payable in case a loan is defaulted on or cancelled due to the insured’s negligence. For example, Silicon Valley Bank requires two forms of proof of insurance – General Liability and Property coverage. The following is the breakdown of the requirements for each:

  • General Liability 
    • Acord 25 certificate of insurance is used to show proof of General Liability coverage
    • The bank requests to be listed as an additional insured on the GL policy 
  • Property 
    • Acord 28 certificate of insurance is used to show proof of Property coverage
    • The bank requests to be listed as a Lender’s Loss Payable on the Property policy

Most standard lease agreements also commonly mandate landlords to be included as loss payees, particularly in the realm of commercial insurance endorsements. For instance, when a landlord oversees a tenant in a commercial building, they typically stipulate that the tenant must designate them as a loss payee on their insurance policies. This arrangement ensures that in the event of an accident or loss occurring on the tenant’s premises, the landlord stands to benefit from the tenant’s insurance coverage.

Another instance where we see loss payees is in commercial crime policies. A commercial crime policy is basically a type of property policy, specifically for money. A commercial crime policy typically has a “loss payee clause” which allows for a loss to be paid to third parties where contractually required and where a third party has insurable interest.

How to add Loss Payee or Loss Payable Endorsements

For Founder Shield clients, in order to request a loss payee or lender’s loss payable endorsement, all you have to do is reach out to your account management representative (if you don’t know who that is, reach out to policies@foundershield.com) and request via email. You would have to include your full name, and the address of the entity requesting to be listed – sometimes the carrier will request this for the contract/lease, so good to include this as well in the request!

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