mortgage clause.An insurance-policy provision that protects the rights of a mortgagee when the insured property is subject to a mortgage. • Such a clause usu. provides that any insurance proceeds must be allocated between the named insured and the mortgagee “as their interests may appear.” — Also termed mortgagee clause. See LOSS-PAYABLE CLAUSE; ATIMA. [Cases:
Mortgages 201. C.J.S. Mortgages §§ 311–314.]
open mortgage clause.A mortgage clause that does not protect the mortgagee if the insured mortgagor does something to invalidate the policy (such as committing fraud). • This type of clause has been largely superseded by the mortgage-loss clause, which affords the mortgagee more protection. — Also termed simple mortgage clause. Cf. MORTGAGE-LOSS CLAUSE. standard mortgage clause.A mortgage clause that protects the mortgagee’s interest even if the insured mortgagor does something to invalidate the policy. • In effect, this clause creates a separate contract between the insurer and the mortgagee. — Also termed union mortgage clause.
[Blacks Law 8th]