Buying or owning a condominium can be a new and different lifestyle, and it requires new and different insurance protection. At Bryden and Sullivan, we’re committed to bringing you innovative insurance solutions. This section is designed to help answer some basic questions about condominium ownership and your insurance needs. Whether a prospective buyer or own your own unit(s), you owe it to yourself to consider your insurance needs carefully.
The condominium declarations typically regulate which coverages are provided under the master policy and which you will need to purchase in a personal unit owner’s policy. Coverage for the common areas of the condominium is generally provided by the association master policy. The master policy protects the common areas or property that is owned collectively by all condominium owners.
As a unit owner, you must insure your private property and property in which you have sole ownership, or for which you are solely responsible; and you must be sure your personal insurance program properly coordinates with the master policy to prevent gaps in coverage.
First, we encourage you to read your condominium document and insurance policy carefully, to ensure you are insured properly. Basically, it contains the following coverages:
This includes portions of your unit such as walls, partitions, built-in appliances, etc.; structures owned solely by you on the premises such as cabanas and carports (whether part of the original unit or added later by you); and any materials and supplies you solely own and are going to use to make alterations or improvements to your unit or other structures.
This includes your possessions while in your unit, buildings in which you have sole interest, or common areas in which you have joint interest. This coverage encompasses personal property located in your unit and areas such as garages, workshops, laundry rooms, recreation rooms, etc. Additionally, your personal property is covered off-premises, which means it’s insured while you are traveling.
This insurance reimburses you for the extra cost of rooms and meals, and certain other expenses when you can’t live in your unit because it has been damaged by a peril covered in your policy. The Travelers Condominium Protection Program will also reimburse you for loss of rent if part of your unit is rented to others at the time it is damaged.
This insurance provides comprehensive personal liability coverage for you and family members residing in your household for claims resulting from bodily injury to others or damage to the property of others. Coverage applies to injury or damages arising out of property in which you have a sole interest, or is reserved for your exclusive use. This coverage protects you and your family members who reside in your household worldwide.
Provides coverage for medical expenses incurred as a result of bodily injury to others.
On a basic policy, loss assessment coverage protects you up to a limit of $1,000 for assessments resulting from bodily injury or property damage claims levied against the association, if the claim exceeds its insurance limit.
The best time to speak with Bryden and Sullivan is after you have chosen your condominium and before the “closing.”
Bryden and Sullivan are experts who understand that no two families are identical and no two condominiums are identical. Our condominium insurance agents can match the insurance needs of your family and your condominium with the Travelers Condominium Protection Program. As condominium documents vary, so do insurance policies. For a complete description of coverages, contact Bryden and Sullivan agents today.