Latents Defects INSURANCE

Owner Builders

In the event that a structural defect affects the structural integrity of the building causing the building or any part of the building to be considered unsafe and therefore unliveable.

It is a hassle-free solution which doesn’t rely on proof of negligence, just proof of defect and damage, because negligence and fault do NOT have to be proved, ensures that rectification is swift and easy.

This policy is transferrable, and it will be an added benefit if you choose to sell.

This could be you?

Carpenter on disabled pension takes on one of Australia’s biggest builders and wins but at what cost.

He agreed to pay $193 000 for his home to be built but then things started to go wrong

It started a 2-year legal fight.

The Age – 10th October 2017

Benefits of Cover for you.

10-year non-cancellable policy Transferrable to future owners on disclosure to underwriters
No delays over whose fault Owner/developer/builder protected
Asset protection Avoid delays due to litigation
Insurer (Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s) fixes No delays over remedial work
Increase Asset value by having insurance protection Where rights of recovery exist, it is at the insurers expense not the Owner or Builder

There are many examples where defects caused by poor design, workmanship or materials which are not apparent until 5,8 or 10 years after completion. To fix any of these problems will be very expensive and cause untold disruption to your lifestyle.

Your Latent Defects Insurance policy is in place for you to claim, The insurer, not you will rectify the damage to which the policy responds. It is a 10-year policy, transferrable to the next owner and is a one off premium payment to secure the 10 years cover not an annual premium payment.

Your responsibilities are, to ensure that during construction works, all known defects are rectified prior to the Completion Certificate being issued, as the policy responds after the Completion Certificate has been issued.

Why you should buy Latent Defects Insurance

You now are better protected because instead of relying on tradies and suppliers to ‘do the right thing’, and structural defects may not become apparent until years later.

  • E.g. Roof sags – Trusses incorrectly fitted
  • Walls buckle- the timber was left in the yard and warps prior to installation
  • Slab cracks- mesh not added or incorrectly placed
  • And what about waterproofing, second story floor beams…

All of this you will not see until years later when rectification could cost a fortune.

Solution = Latent Defects Insurance

Policy Covers:

Developer, Builder, Owner Builder, Homeowner & Future Purchasers - Owners Corporation/Body Corporate Structural Defects
No fault requirement 10 Year Policy
Non-Cancellable Underwritten by Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s

What we require:

Application form prior to starting Building Permit
Completion Certificate Approved inspection
Technical inspection report Payment

Who else can access this product?

Developers, Body Corporate Residential and Commercial Builders


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