This article is about how strata building insurance payouts work. How are the funds distributed? The reply has been supplied by Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions.
Question: If a strata building is completely destroyed, for example by fire, is the strata building insurance payout distributed back to lot owners by lot entitlement or some other means?
When a strata building is completely destroyed (e.g. by fire), how is the strata building insurance payout money distributed:
- by Lot Entitlement % of the total payout
- or other means
Answer: In the absolute majority of cases for strata building insurance claims, settlements made by the insurer are not “distributed”.
In the absolute majority of cases for insurance claims, settlements made by the insurer are not “distributed”.
It is a requirement in the legislation that owners insure the building for the full replacement value. In a total loss (or major loss), insurers will usually appoint their own builders and conduct repairs and payouts are made directly to the repairer.
If the building is insured in accordance with legislation (full replacement value) and there are no underinsurance issues, the insurer makes one payment to their builder and therefore does not distribute payments per lot as indicated in the question – they simply fix the damage.
If the owners elect not to rebuild the property with the insurers repairer and therefore would like to re-build with another repairer, the insurer will make a cash settlement to the Body Corporate for the rebuild cost quoted by the repairer and the owners then conduct the repairs and make payments out of the settlement made by the insurer.
The insurer pays loss of rent/temporary accommodation costs directly to owners for the full weekly rent amount and usually these payments are made as progress payments every 1-2 months in major losses. The payment is made until the loss of rent/temporary accommodation sum insured (which is usually 15% of the building sum insured) are fully exhausted by all owners. Usually, a loss of rent value of 15% of the building sum insured provides a reasonable amount of time for repairs to complete.
This post appears in Strata News #186.
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