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Living in a hotel or apartment where all of your homeowner worries are someone else’s problem is a fun daydream, especially when the air conditioner starts putting out hot air in August or the sidewalk needs shoveling in February. When fire destroys a home, however, or a hurricane tears off a roof, the daydream can become a nightmare.

In the midst of such emotional and physical turmoil, the newly homeless turn to their insurance agents. Standard homeowner policies provide for temporary housing of displaced families, usually for benefit periods of up to one year. Yet, the prospect of finding temporary homes, furnishing them, and negotiating rental fees, deposits, and utilities only adds to policyholders’ nightmares.

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