Does The Mortgage Company Pay Homeowners Insurance?

Mortgage companies frequently include homeowners insurance payments into monthly mortgage payments through an escrow account to reduce risk to themselves by guaranteeing timely property tax and home insurance payments.

At closing, insurance and property tax payments, along with private mortgage insurance (PMI), are placed into an escrow account by lenders for payment as they become due.

Insurance Premiums

Homeowners insurance is a legal requirement, so mortgage lenders must make sure it gets paid on time. One way of doing this is escrowing premiums and property taxes to reduce late payment and ensure coverage lapse.

Your mortgage insurer’s approach to homeowners insurance payments largely depends on the type of loan you have. With conventional loans, premiums might be paid directly to the insurer each month, while more commonly lenders use an escrow account (an account set aside specifically to collect and manage both property tax and home insurance payments) for payments to insurers and escrow accounts are more common options.

At closing, when placing the necessary cash into an escrow account to cover six months’ of home insurance premiums and property tax payments. Your mortgage company will keep this escrow account full by collecting a portion of these payments on an ongoing basis.

This arrangement allows the mortgage company to avoid late payments or losing money if the policy goes unpaid for an extended period. Therefore, maintaining homeowner’s insurance is in their best interests in case someone gets injured on the property or damages their belongings. Furthermore, liability coverage provides protection should anyone become injured on it.

Home insurance premiums typically form part of your closing costs, although you might find a policy with lower upfront costs. Before selecting one of your options, it’s wise to review its cost and cost associated with renewal policies as well.

As a first-time home buyer, mortgage insurance may be required or recommended as part of your loan agreement. Common examples are private mortgage insurance (PMI) or federally backed mortgage insurance (UFMIP). PMI protects lenders in case you default on your loan; FHA loans often mandate this requirement while conventional loans offer you options like upfront payments or annual installments added into monthly mortgage payments.

Escrow Accounts

Most mortgage lenders require homeowners to pay property taxes and insurance premiums through an escrow account, an intermediary payment system which collects funds for these expenses as part of monthly mortgage payments before dispersing them when bills come due.

Escrow accounts make managing these bills simpler for homeowners as funds are collected in one monthly payment and distributed when due. They also reduce the likelihood that tax or insurance payments will go unmade since payments become more predictable and timely.

From a mortgage company’s standpoint, an escrow account ensures that borrowers make timely payments towards covering the costs associated with their loan. This arrangement helps minimize risk related to late payments that could compromise insurance coverage and place your mortgage at risk; additionally it shifts responsibility for making these payments to their mortgage servicer who will ensure timely delivery.

An escrow account’s drawbacks include making it more challenging to keep track of monthly payments and earning any interest, since funds may remain idle since they’re held in savings or cashier’s check accounts instead of an investment-bearing one. Escrow accounts may also prove more costly for the borrower since fees will be included into his monthly mortgage payment.

Mortgage lenders usually conduct an annual review of an escrow account to make sure it contains enough funds for anticipated insurance and property tax costs in the upcoming year. A mortgage servicer then either returns any excess funds back into the account, or adds any shortfall onto future monthly mortgage payments.

Although some homeowners opt not to utilize an escrow account for homeowners insurance payments, it is essential that they are aware that it is standard practice with most mortgage lenders and that some will insist upon such an arrangement when loans are federally-backed or have less than 20% equity in the home. Mortgage companies hold financial interests in properties until their loans have been paid off and do not want any risks that might lead to unpaid homeowners insurance or taxes becoming an issue for the lender.

Late Payments

Many lenders employ a policy of including homeowners insurance and property taxes into mortgage payments as an attempt to prevent coverage lapses. When these bills come due, this amount is held in an escrow account so the lender can pay them on your behalf – this process also works when paying less than 20% down payment on your home purchase requiring PMI (private mortgage insurance).

Mortgage companies have an obligation to pay premiums, but mistakes do occur. When an insurance payment is missed by your mortgage company, it’s essential that you follow up quickly and document all communications with your servicer regarding this matter. If it results in any gap in coverage during this period, they could potentially be held liable.

Keep in mind that unpaid insurance bills could be passed over to a collections agency and cause major credit report entries. To avoid this happening, keep the original policy under your name, opening mail from insurance providers as it arrives with bills or statements from them, and always keeping original documents within your possession.

Mortgages, escrow accounts and homeowners insurance can be complex topics to navigate. To make things simpler and avoid potential miscommunication, it’s advisable to enlist the aid of an experienced real estate agent who can guide you through each stage. When faced with mortgage and homeowners insurance disputes it may also be beneficial to consult an attorney familiar with real estate law and insurance disputes – one who may help negotiate directly with your mortgage company in order to find resolution as well as resolve lapsed coverage disputes by reinstating coverage after paying past-due balances.


Many lenders include homeowners insurance and property taxes as part of the monthly mortgage payment. If either the lender fails to make payments as expected or the homeowner cancels without notifying their mortgage company, resulting in cancellation and potentially legal action by the home owner. If this has happened to you, and your policy was canceled as a result of their failing or not providing proper notice, contact a real estate agent as quickly as possible so they can assist with this difficult process.