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Florida Court Upholds Policy Exclusion for Arson Does a 'malicious mischief' homeowner's insurance policy exclusion include acts of intentional arson?

In many homeowner's policies there lies an important policy exclusion known as vandalism or 'malicious mischief' - which operates to exclude coverage for any damage caused by, as the name suggests, criminal offenses against property. Examples of non-covered acts in this category could include a rock thrown at a window, BB pellets shot through a garage door, or - more seriously - theft or larceny. Most times, this exclusion contains the caveat that the insured dwelling must have been unoccupied for a period of at least thirty (30) days prior to the incident, otherwise the insurer will likely cover the costs of the loss.

Florida Court Upholds Policy Exclusion for Arson

Does a 'malicious mischief' homeowner's insurance policy exclusion include acts of intentional arson?

In many homeowner's policies there lies an important policy exclusion known as vandalism or 'malicious mischief' - which operates to exclude coverage for any damage caused by, as the name suggests, criminal offenses against property. Examples of non-covered acts in this category could include a rock thrown at a window, BB pellets shot through a garage door, or - more seriously - theft or larceny. Most times, this exclusion contains the caveat that the insured dwelling must have been unoccupied for a period of at least thirty (30) days prior to the incident, otherwise the insurer will likely cover the costs of the loss.

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