State Farm wants proof hurricane-hit homes won't be left vacant

Reported by Associated Press

State Farm is warning that it will cancel homeowner policies for about 6,000 of its customers in south Louisiana if they aren't able to demonstrate that their storm-damaged homes are occupied and are being rebuilt.

State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson said says the company's goal is to work with homeowners customers that want to stay in Louisiana and rebuild.  The company began inspections last April of homes and apartments that generated 75,000 claims following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The company said it has inspected 50,000 so far in an effort expected to continue through August.

State Farm wants to make sure that people are indeed using their claims checks to rebuild, so that the company isn't stuck with the extra risk of insuring vacant or poorly maintained homes. Homes