Sample Florida ALTA 9 endorsement

The ALTA 9 endorsement is typically issued in Florida for purchases of free-standing residential houses and commercial buildings, but is not typically used for condominium buildings. It is an additional piece of insurance that protects against loss or damage resulting from violations of deed restrictions, building set-back lines and encroachments.

Condo buyers typically do not need to worry about getting an ALTA 9 endorsement unless they are financing and their lender requires it. That’s because it’s pretty much impossible for an individual condo unit owner to encroach on someone else’s property. A condo owner can’t accidentally build a fence on their neighbor’s yard, for example.

As a result, condo buyers typically do not pay for a survey either, as title insurance companies will require a survey to be done before being able to issue a ALTA 9 endorsement.

Sample Florida ALTA 9 endorsement

ALTA ENDORSEMENT 9.2-06 RESTRICTIONS, ENCROACHMENTS, MINERALS
OWNER’S POLICY – IMPROVED LAND
(With Florida Modifications)
South Florida Title Insurance Company

Endorsement No. 1 to Policy No. 2875

The insurance provided by this endorsement is subject to the Exclusions from Coverage, the Exceptions from Coverage contained in Schedule B, and the Conditions in the policy.

The Company insures the Insured against loss or damage sustained by reason of:

1. The existence, at Date of Policy, of any of the following unless expressly excepted in Schedule B:
(a) Present violations on the Land of any enforceable covenants, conditions, or restrictions, or any existing improvements on the Land which violate any building setback lines shown on a plat of subdivision recorded or filed in the Public Records.
(b) Any instrument referred to in Schedule B as containing covenants, conditions, or restrictions on the Land which, in addition, (i) establishes an easement on the Land; (ii) provides for an option to purchase, a right of first refusal, or the prior approval of a future purchaser or occupant; or (iii) provides a right of re-entry, possibility of reverter, or right of forfeiture because of violations on the Land of any enforceable covenants, conditions, or restrictions.
(c) Any encroachment of existing improvements located on the Land onto adjoining land, or any encroachment onto the Land of existing improvements located on adjoining land.
(d) Any encroachment of existing improvements located on the Land onto that portion of the Land subject to any easement excepted in Schedule B.
(e) Any notices of violation of covenants, conditions, or restrictions relating to environmental protection recorded or filed in the Public Records.

2. Damage to existing buildings at Date of Policy:
(a) Which are located on or encroach upon that portion of the Land subject to any easement excepted in Schedule B, which damage results from the exercise of the right to maintain the easement for the purpose for which it was granted or reserved;
(b) Resulting from the future exercise of any right existing at Date of Policy to use the surface of the Land for the extraction or development of minerals excepted from the description of the Land or excepted in Schedule B.

3. Any final court order or judgment requiring the removal from any land adjoining the Land of any encroachment, other than fences, landscaping, or driveways, excepted in Schedule B.

4. Any final court order or judgment denying the right to maintain any existing building on the Land because of any violation of covenants, conditions, or restrictions, or building setback lines shown on a plat of subdivision recorded or filed in the Public Records at Date of Policy.

Wherever in this endorsement the words “covenants, conditions, or restrictions” appear, they shall not be deemed to refer to or include the terms, covenants, conditions, or limitations contained in an instrument creating a lease.

As used in paragraphs 1(a) and 4, the words “covenants, conditions, or restrictions” shall not be deemed to refer to or include any covenants, conditions or limitations relating to environmental protection.

The failure to expressly except any matter delineated in paragraphs 1(a), (b) or (e) of this endorsement constitutes the Company’s agreement to indemnify against actual monetary loss or damage resulting from any matters delineated in paragraphs 1(a), (b) or (e) only and provides no coverage for any other matters set forth in the covenants, conditions and restrictions.

This endorsement is made a part of the policy and is subject to all of the terms and provisions thereof and of any prior endorsements thereto. Except to the extent expressly stated, it neither modifies any of the terms and provisions of the policy and any prior endorsements, nor does it extend the effective date of the policy and any prior endorsements, nor does it increase the face amount thereof.

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