A New York-based home warranty company has been ordered to stop selling insurance in Washington state.
Sensible Home Warranty LLC, formerly known as CHW, LLC, sold Washington consumers approximately 142 home warranty service contracts since 2009. The contracts were for parts and labor necessary to fix major systems and appliances that failed in a consumer's home. The company solicits customers through telemarketing and through a website: http://www.sensiblehomewarranty.com/.
In Washington, service contracts like the ones sold by Sensible Home Warranty are considered insurance. But neither the company nor its principals, Harrison Gindi and Elliot Dabah, are authorized to transact insurance in Washington state. Nor are they registered as service contract providers.
Nothing in the order, which took effect immediately Jan. 6, 2012, prevents the company from fulfilling the terms of its contracts or providing a refund to Washington consumers who ask for one.
The company has the right to demand a hearing.
Note: The company's registered office address is in Sparks, Nev., but its principal place of business and sales office is 1724 E. 12th St., Brooklyn, NY.