All strata corporations in BC, regardless of size, must obtain property and liability insurance, including bare land strata corporations and strata-titled duplexes.
1. Property Insurance
A. The strata corporation’s property insurance must be for:
B. Property insurance must be for the full replacement value (which requires a current appraisal) and insure against all major perils, which include:
One surprising fact is that, under the Strata Property Regulation, earthquake insurance is not considered a major peril. However, purchasing a unit in a strata corporation that does not have earthquake insurance can pose significant risks. If that is the case, it is important that you make your clients aware, and advise them to seek professional insurance advice.
2. Liability Insurance
The strata corporation must also obtain and maintain liability insurance to insure the strata corporation against liability for property damage and bodily injury, for a minimum amount of $2,000,000.
3. Strata Homeowner Insurance
It’s important to realize that strata corporation insurance is not the same as strata homeowner insurance. In order to mitigate their risks, many strata owners in BC obtain additional homeowner insurance, which often insures them for:
It is always a good idea to recommend to your clients that they take a copy of the strata’s insurance policy to their insurance broker, to have a discussion about their ability to get additional homeowner insurance, as well as the costs associated with this. That way they’ll have a good understanding of their ability and the costs of mitigating certain risks.
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