Temporary Accommodation Insurance
You can get temporary accommodation in home insurance, but the payout can differ between insurers. Compare brands to see which will be best for your lifestyle.
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Sometimes damage to your home and its contents can prevent you from living at your insured address. If your home becomes unlivable as a result of an insured event, a home insurance policy could help pay for temporary accommodation. This generally includes accommodation for you, your family and your pets while your home is being rebuilt or repaired.
What is temporary accommodation?
In home insurance, temporary accommodation is provided if your house becomes uninhabitable due to an insured event like a fire, flood or another emergency.
It's often automatically included in home insurance policies. To get covered for temporary accommodation, an inspector will have to confirm that your home is too damaged by the insured event to live in.
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How do I claim for emergency accommodation?
You can only receive cover for emergency accommodation once you've made a claim for an insured event, like a fire, and the insurer agrees to pay your claim.
At this point, your insurer will inform you of whether or not it will pay for temporary accommodation, provided your home is uninhabitable.
How does home insurance cover me for emergency accommodation?
The amount you get paid depends on the insurer. For many, the amount you will receive will be based on the weekly rentable value of your home.
Others will generally pay you between 1% and 12% of the building's sum insured towards temporary accommodation. Most will pay you for no longer than 12 months.
What kind of emergencies are eligible for emergency accommodation?
To get access to temporary accommodation through home insurance, an insured event needs to have damaged your house to the point it is no longer inhabitable. Commonly covered events can include, but are not limited to:
- Fires (including bushfires)
- Escaping water
- Accidental damage
It's not uncommon for the authorities to order evacuations or prevent you from returning home during bushfire season. However, most policies will only pay for temporary accommodation if your home is destroyed by a fire, not if you are ordered to evacuate.
Only youi specifies in its product disclosure statement (PDS) that it will cover you for emergency evacuations.
Why would an insurer not pay for temporary accommodation?
Here are some reasons why a home insurer may deny your claim for temporary accommodation, or stop paying for it.
- Your home was deemed livable by an insurance assessor
- There were avoidable delays which lead to you exceeding the reasonable time it takes for repairs. This is usually no longer than 12 months.
- If you weren't living in the house when the damage was caused
- If you have no intention of rebuilding or repairing
- If you have indicated that you don't need alternate accommodation (i.e. staying with family or friends)
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