Financial Intel Monthly

HO-1 Basic Named Perils

Aug 2, 2020 10:37:00 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867

The John Hancock Building and Trinity Church at Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts.


What Is An HO-1 Form?

The HO-1 form is one of six different forms used for homeowners policies. It applies to houses, but not to apartments, condominiums, or cooperatives. Although liability coverage offered through Form HO-1 (Coverages E and F) is similar to the liability coverage that appears in the other five forms, it's the property insurance coverage (specifically Coverages A, B, and C) that makes HO-1 different. It's unlikely that your homeowners policy was written on the HO-1 form, because most states have forbidden its use. The form number of your particular policy will usually be shown on the bottom right corner of every page. Use this resource as a learning tool, but always read your policy carefully to familiarize yourself with the details of your coverage.

Dwelling and Other Structures

The HO-1 form provides coverage for 11 named perils:

  • Fire or lightning
  • Windstorm or hail
  • Explosion
  • Riot or civil disturbance
  • Aircraft
  • Vehicles (as long as they're operated by nonresidents)
  • Smoke (not including smoke from fireplaces)
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Theft
  • Broken glass (up to a $100 limit)
  • Volcanic eruption

These perils are considered "basic" because all six homeowners policy forms provide at least a minimum coverage for these 11 perils. Most of the other forms provide more than basic coverage.

Request Guide TRG

Personal Property

In the HO-1 form, personal property is also covered on a basic perils basis. If you're covered under an HO-1 policy, you can collect on your homeowners insurance for damage to your dwelling, other structures, and personal property that is caused by any of the 11 basic perils.


If your homeowners policy is written on Form HO-1, you are not covered by property insurance for damage or destruction caused by:

  • Enforcement of building codes and similar laws
  • Earthquakes
  • Flooding
  • Power failures
  • Neglect (meaning your failure to take reasonable steps to protect your property)
  • War
  • Nuclear hazard
  • Intentional acts

The impact of these exclusions on your coverage can be easily seen:

Coverage under Form HO-1

Column A You're Covered for Damage Caused By

Column B You're Not Covered for Damage Caused By

Fire or lightning Windstorm or hail Explosion Riot or civil disturbance Aircraft Vehicles Smoke Vandalism or malicious mischief Theft Broken glass Volcanic eruption

Enforcement of building codes and similar laws Earthquakes Flooding Power failures Neglect War Nuclear hazard Intentional acts Any peril or cause not included in Column A



This material was prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of The Retirement Group or FSC Financial Corp. This information should not be construed as investment advice. Neither the named Representatives nor Broker/Dealer gives tax or legal advice. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If other expert assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. Please consult your Financial Advisor for further information or call 800-900-5867.


The Retirement Group is not affiliated with nor endorsed by,,,,, ING Retirement, AT&T, Qwest, Chevron, Hughes, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, ExxonMobil, Glaxosmithkline, Merck, Pfizer, Verizon, Bank of America, Alcatel-Lucent or by your employer. We are an independent financial advisory group that specializes in transition planning and lump sum distribution. Please call our office at 800-900-5867 if you have additional questions or need help in the retirement planning process.


The Retirement Group is a Registered Investment Advisor not affiliated with FSC Securities and may be reached at


RetireKit Ad

Tags: CAM Annuity, Chevron, ERB, ESRO, ExxonMobil, Financial Planning, Hewitt, In Service Withdrawal, Lump Sum, Northrop Grumman, Option 1 Withdrawal, Pension, Pension Options, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Verizon, 401K, 72t, Age Penalties, Benefit Commencement Date, Workshops, TRG

Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA BrokerCheck

TRG Guide

Subscribe to Email Updates

Lists by Topic

see all

Posts by Topic

See all

Recent Posts