HO6 policies insure individual unit owners. These polices come in many forms and provide various levels of coverage. If you buy only on price and your agent sells you a “cheap” policy, you are going to be sorry when you have a loss.
Continue Reading Condominium Owners Purchasing Insurance Beware! Buy The Right HO6 Policy From a Qualified Agent

Hurricane season is here. The Weather Channel’s 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts another above-average season, meaning policyholders must take the time to ensure they are adequately prepared. Condominiums and other multi-family properties are strongly encouraged to safeguard their facilities and addresses any coverage gaps or underinsurance issues with their policy.
Continue Reading 2021 Hurricane Season Is Here – Are You Covered?

A condominium can be defined as a single real estate unit in a multi-unit development in which a person has both separate ownership of a unit and a common interest, along with the development’s other owners, in the common areas.1 Insuring your condominium is often not so easy, especially since it usually requires that you are covered by both your condominium’s master policy and your own separate individual insurance policy. It’s important to closely review the condominium association’s declaration document, which details what real property the unit-owner is responsible for insuring separately.
Continue Reading Understanding How Your Condominium Insurance Works—The Individual vs. Master Policy Coverages

Obtaining the proper insurance coverage for the association is one of the key duties of property managers and boards of directors. I once was giving a presentation at a national convention at the Condominium Associates Institute (CAI) with a co-presenter, Suzanne Harris. We were discussing the importance of obtaining the right insurance and selecting the right agent.
Continue Reading The Big Tip For Making Certain Association Insurance Agent Is Getting The Right Coverage

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category Four storm and is expected to intensify, bringing with it potential storm surges, excessive rainfall, and damaging winds. With Hurricane Florence quickly approaching the East Coast and posing a serious threat to the State of Virginia, it’s a good time for condominium owners to refresh their memories about what coverages may be available following a loss.
Continue Reading Hurricane Florence: What Virginia Condominium Owners Should Know

After Hurricane Irma and Maria caused damage to many condominiums in Puerto Rico, it is the Board of Directors’ job to search for estimates and determine how the damage will be repair. Many will be limited by the amount of compensation approved by their insurers and will be forced to repair only the necessary parts of the common areas. It is important for any decision to be clear, in good faith and not exceed the authorization of the Board of Directors in the repair of damage caused by the hurricane.


Continue Reading Puerto Rico: Condominium Repair Negotiations vs. Unjust Enrichment

Continuing my state-by-state review of mandatory condominium insurance requirements, this post will look at the state of Virginia, known as the “Mother of Presidents” because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents.

Continue Reading Is Your Virginia Condominium in Compliance with the Law? Mandatory Virginia Insurance Requirements

An insurance agent’s claim of “cheaper” premiums could come with the risk of less coverage. A prudent condominium association must know what is required to be insured by law.

Continue Reading Florida Condominium Insurance Coverage: What Insurance Coverage Must Be Obtained? Who is responsible If Condominium Insurance Is Not Purchased?

In Essex Insurance Co. v. DiMucci Development Corp. of Ponce Inlet Inc., U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. recently held that Evanston Insurance Company has no duty to defend a builder in a lawsuit alleging construction defects at one of its Florida condominium complexes based on an exclusion in the policy for damage to the developer’s own work.1


Continue Reading Court Decision on “Your Work” Exclusion in a CGL Policy is a Head Scratcher

A federal district court in Washington recently decided that a claim against the owner of a condominium unit arising from the owner’s installation of a hardwood floor without the necessary permission (as spelled out in the Condo association’s bylaws), did not amount to an “occurrence” under the owner’s insurance policy.1


Continue Reading Lawsuit against Condo Owner for Improvements Done in Violation of CC&Rs Did Not Amount to an Occurrence Under the Condo Owner’s Insurance Policy