§33-17A-4b. Manner of making election relating to nonrenewals.
(a) Each insurer licensed to write property insurance policies in this state as of the first day of July, two thousand five, may elect to issue all nonrenewal notices either pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article or section four-a of this article. Each insurer must notify the Commissioner of its election on or before the first day of July, two thousand five, and shall remain bound by the election for a period of five years. For each subsequent five-year period, each insurer shall notify the Commissioner of its election to issue all nonrenewal notices either pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article or section four-a of this article. The failure of an insurer to notify the Commissioner of its election by the first day of July, two thousand five, will be considered to be an election by the insurer to issue all nonrenewal notices pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article and the insurer will be bound by the election for a period of five years.

(b) An insurer that is not licensed to write property insurance policies in this state as of the first day of July, two thousand five, but which becomes licensed to write property insurance policies after that date shall, no later than four years after the date the insurer becomes licensed to write the policies, make an election to issue all nonrenewal notices either pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article or section four-a of this article and shall notify the Commissioner of its election. If the insurer elects to issue all nonrenewal notices pursuant to section four-a of this article, the total number of nonrenewals may not exceed the percentage limitations set forth in that section. An insurer first becoming licensed to issue property insurance policies in this state after the first day of July, two thousand five, shall be bound by its election for a period of five years and for each subsequent five-year period shall notify the Commissioner of its election to issue all nonrenewal notices either pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article or section four-a of this article.

(c) An insurer that elects to issue nonrenewals pursuant to subsection (c), section four of this article may include as a permitted reason for nonrenewal of a policy, in addition to the reasons enumerated in section five of this article, two or more paid claims under a policy within a period of thirty-six months, each of which occurs after the first day of July, two thousand five.