Standard Exceptions and Requirements

Please identify the standard exceptions and requirements that are customarily used in your state.

General exceptions are not allowed if an insured objects (P-5).  Parties in possession is governed by P-3.  Mechanic’s liens are governed by P-8. Taxes and rollback taxes are printed in the commitment and policy.

Standard Exceptions

In addition to the Exclusions and Conditions and Stipulations, your Policy will not cover loss, costs, attorney's fees, and expenses resulting from:

1.  The following restrictive covenants of record itemized below (We must either insert specific recording data or delete this exception):

2.  Any discrepancies, conflicts, or shortages in area or boundary lines, or any encroachments or protrusions, or any overlapping of improvements.

3.  Homestead or community property or survivorship rights, if any, of any spouse of any insured. (Applies to the Owner’s Policy only.)

Exception is taken to any homestead, community property or survivorship rights in this item. This exception only applies to any owner policy to be issued.

4.  Any titles or rights asserted by anyone, including, but not limited to, persons, the public, corporations, governments or other entities,

a. to tidelands, or lands comprising the shores or beds of navigable or perennial rivers and streams, lakes, bays, gulfs or oceans, or
b. to lands beyond the line of the harbor or bulkhead lines as established or changed by any government, or
c. to filled-in lands, or artificial islands, or
d. to statutory water rights, including riparian rights, or
e. to the area extending from the line of mean low tide to the line of vegetation, or the rights of access to that area or easement along and across that area.


(Applies to the Owner’s Policy Only)

5.  Standby fees, taxes and assessments by any taxing authority for the year 20____, and subsequent years, and subsequent, taxes and assessments by any taxing authority for prior years due to change in land usage or ownership, but not those taxes or assessments for prior years because of an exemption granted to a previous owner of the property under Section 11.13, Texas Tax Code, or because of improvements not assessed for a previous tax year.  (If Texas Short Form Residential Mortgagee Policy of Title Insurance (T-2R) is issued, that policy will substitute “which become due and payable subsequent to Date of Policy” in lieu of “for the year 20____ and subsequent years.”)

6.  The terms and conditions of the documents creating your interest in the land.

7.  Materials furnished or labor performed in connection with planned construction before signing and delivering the lien document described in Schedule A, if the land is part of the homestead of the owner. (Applies to the Mortgagee Title Policy Binder on Interim Construction Loan only, and may be deleted if satisfactory evidence to us before a binder is issued.)

8.  Liens and leases that affect the title to the land, but that are subordinate to the lien of the insured mortgage. (Applies to Mortgagee Policy (T-2 only.)

9.  The Exceptions from Coverage and Express Insurance in Schedule B of the Texas Short Form Residential Mortgagee Policy of Title Insurance (T-2R).  (Applies to Texas Short Form Residential Mortgagee Policy of Title Insurance (T-2R) only.  Separate exceptions 1 through 8 of this Schedule B do no apply to the Texas Short Form Residential Mortgagee Policy of Title Insurance (T-2R).

10. The following matters and all terms of the document creating or offering evidence of the matters (We must insert matters or delete this exception.):

11. Rights of Parties in Possession.  (Applies only if the Insured completes Waiver of Inspection.)

12a. Owner’s Policy (amount to include the cost of immediately contemplated improvements)

“Any and all liens arising by reason of unpaid bills or claims for work performed or materials furnished in connection with improvements placed, or to be placed, upon the subject land.  However, the Company does insure the Insured against loss, if any, sustained by the Insured under this Policy if such liens have been filed with the County Clerk of _______ County, Texas, prior to the date hereof.”

“Liability hereunder at the date hereof is limited to $_______.  Liability shall increase as contemplated improvements are made, so that any loss payable hereunder shall be limited to said sum plus the amount actually expended by the Insured in improvements at the time the loss occurs.  Any exceptions made for improvements, subsequent to the date of this policy, will be deemed made as of the date of this policy.  In no event shall the liability of the Company hereunder exceed the face amount of this policy.  Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed as limiting any exception or any printed provision of this policy.”

12b. Loan Policy (issued prior to completion of improvements)

“Any and all liens arising by reason of unpaid bills or claims for work performed or materials furnished in connection with improvements placed, or to be placed, upon the subject land.  However, the Company does insure the Insured against loss, if any, sustained by the Insured under this Policy if such liens have been filed with the County Clerk of _______ County, Texas, prior to the date hereof.”

“Pending disbursement of the full proceeds of the loan secured by the lien instrument set forth under Schedule A hereof, this policy insures only to the extent of the amount actually disbursed, but increases as each disbursement is made in good faith and without knowledge of any defects in, or objections to, the title up to the face amount of the policy.  Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed as limiting any exception under Schedule B, or any printed provision of this policy.”

Requirements
Your Policy will not cover loss, costs, attorney's fees, and expenses resulting from the following requirements that will appear as Exceptions in Schedule B of the Policy, unless you dispose of these matters to our satisfaction, before the date the Policy is issued:
1.  Documents creating your title or interest must be approved by us and must be signed, notarized and filed for record.

2.  Satisfactory evidence must be provided that:

  • no person occupying the land claims any interest in that land against the persons named in paragraph 3 of Schedule A,
  • all standby fees, taxes, assessments and charges against the property have been paid,
  • all improvements or repairs to the property are completed and accepted by the owner, and that all contractors, subcontractors, laborers and suppliers have been fully paid, and that no mechanic's, laborer's or materialman's liens have attached to the property,
  • there is legal right of access to and from the land,
  • (on a Mortgagee Policy only) restrictions have not been and will not be violated that affect the validity and priority of the insured mortgage.

3.  You must pay the seller or borrower the agreed amount for your property or interest.

4.  Any defect, lien or other matter that may affect title to the land or interest insured, that arises or is filed after the effective date of this Commitment.

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