Kansas Utility Deposit Bond: A Comprehensive Guide
At a Glance:
- Average Cost: Between 2% to 7.5% of the bond amount per year based on the applicant’s credit
- Bond Amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis
- Who Needs it: Certain individuals and businesses seeking to activate utility services in Kansas
- Purpose: To ensure utility companies receive compensation for financial harm if the consumer fails to pay their utility bills
- Who Requires Utility Deposit Bonds in Kansas: Utility companies in Kansas that provide services to the general public
Utility companies in Kansas often require customers expected to generate large monthly bills to pay a security deposit before initiating service. The security deposit protects utility companies from losses if the consumer fails to pay their monthly bills on time and in full. However, certain utility companies in Kansas allow customers to purchase and maintain a surety bond in lieu of depositing cash. Unlike most surety bonds, utility deposit bonds are not required by a government agency but by the utility company providing the service (unless a municipality owns the utility company).
What is the Purpose of the Kansas Utility Deposit Bond?
Certain utility companies in Kansas require consumers that do not wish to pay a security deposit to purchase a surety bond as a prerequisite to obtaining utility services. The bond ensures that the utility company will receive compensation for financial harm if the consumer fails to comply with the provisions laid out in the bond form. Specifically, the bond protects the utility company if the consumer does not pay their monthly bills. In short, the bond is a type of insurance that protects utility companies if the consumer fails to remit all required payments.
How Can an Insurance Agent Obtain a Kansas Utility Deposit Surety Bond?
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Is a Credit Check Required for the Kansas Utility Deposit Bond?
Surety companies will run a credit check on the applicant to determine eligibility and pricing for the Kansas Utility Deposit bond. Applicants with excellent credit and work experience can expect to receive the best rates. Applicants with poor credit may be declined by some surety companies or pay higher rates. The credit check is a “soft hit”, meaning that the credit check will not affect the applicant’s credit.
How Much Does the Kansas Utility Deposit Bond Cost?
Kansas Utility Deposit bonds can cost anywhere between 2% to 7.5% of the bond amount per year. Insurance companies determine the rate based on a number of factors, including your customer’s credit score and experience. The chart below offers a quick reference for the approximate bond cost on a $10,000 bond requirement.
$10,000 Utility Deposit Bond Cost
|Credit Score*||Bond Cost (1 year)||Bond Cost (1 month)|
|650 – 799||$500||$50|
|600 – 649||$750||$75|
*The credit score ranges do not include other factors that may result in a change to the annual premium offered to your customers, including but not limited to, years of experience and underlying credit factors contained within the business owner’s credit report.
BondExchange now offers monthly pay-as-you-go subscriptions for surety bonds. Your customers are able to purchase their bonds on a monthly basis and cancel them anytime. Learn more here.
Which Companies Allow Utility Deposit Bonds in Kansas?
The following Kansas companies allow customers to purchase a surety bond in lieu of depositing cash:
Kansas City Board of Public Utilities
Commercial customers may opt to purchase a surety bond in lieu of depositing cash. The bond amount must equal twice the location’s average monthly bill during the preceding 12 months. If the location is a new construction, the bond amount will equal twice the location’s estimated average monthly bill based either on that of a similar location or an engineer’s estimate.
Agents can contact the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities here.
Commercial customers must either deposit cash or purchase a surety bond before initiating service. The bond amount is determined on a case-by-case basis based on the customer’s estimated usage.
Agents can contact Westar Energy here.
Kansas Gas Service
Residential and commercial customers that are required to pay a security deposit can choose to purchase a surety bond instead. The standard bond amount is twice the customer’s estimated monthly usage. However, the required bond amount for commercial customers whose usage averages more than 50Mcf per month must equal the customer’s two largest projected monthly bills.
Agents can contact the Kansas Gas Service here.
How Do Kansas Utility Customers File Their Bonds?
Utility customers in Kansas should submit their completed bond forms, including the power of attorney, to the company requiring the bond. The surety bond requires signatures from both the surety company that issues the bond and from the customer. The surety company will include the following information on the bond form:
- Name and address of the entity/individual(s) buying the bond
- Surety company’s name and address
- Bond amount
- Date the bond is signed
What Can Utility Customers in Kansas Do to Avoid Claims Against Their Bonds?
To avoid claims on their bonds, utility customers in Kansas must ensure they pay their utility bills on time and in full.
What Other Insurance Products Can Agents Offer Utility Customers in Kansas?
Utility companies in Kansas only allow businesses to be bonded. As such, agents can offer their customers general business and liability insurance in addition to the utility deposit bond. Bonds are our only business at BondExchange, so we do not issue liability insurance, but our agents often utilize brokers for this specific line of business. A list of brokers in this space can be found here.
Should Your Customer Purchase a Surety Bond or Deposit Cash?
Surety bonds are generally considered the better option for businesses, as they free up working capital that would otherwise have to be deposited with the utility company. For more information on whether your customer should purchase a bond or deposit cash, check out our Surety Bonds vs. Letters of Credit article here.