By a vote of by a 306-91, the House passed the Homeowner FLood Insurance Adffordabilty Act of 2014 on Tuesday.
The bill would prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from increasing premium rates when a property is sold or a new flood map is developed, and refunds some of the recent rate increases homeowners have paid. It limits premium increases to 18% annually. To pay for these fixes, the bill requires policyholders to pay a $25 surcharge on residential policies and a $250 surcharge on premiums for non-residential properties and non-primary residences on policies. The Senate must now pass the amended version before the bill can become law.