Latent defects insurance
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If you’re a developer, property owner, receiver, or contractor, you’re probably considering latent defects insurance to help:
- Fill gaps in your standard property insurance policy
A property “all risks” policy on a completed building does not provide protection for damage arising out of an inherent or latent defect in the building.
- Provide cover in the event of an inherent defect in the design, workmanship, or materials
With a cover that does not rely on proof of fault or negligence, just proof of defect that could become apparent in the structure or waterproofing envelope of a building resulting in physical loss or damage.
- Protect yourself in the event of a claim (for negligence) against the contractor or professional advisors
Who may not have adequate professional indemnity cover, or may no longer be trading, rendering any warranties worthless.
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What does a latent defects insurance policy cover?
- Structural defects
- Ingress of water (excluded for the first 12 months)
- Threat of imminent collapse requiring remedial works to prevent damage caused by a defect in design, materials or workmanship
In the event of a structural claim, additional areas of construction insurance cover can include:
- The costs of demolition to allow rebuilding
- The cost of providing alternative accommodation during the period of the reconstruction or repair.
- Loss of rent/loss of gross profit or revenue/increased cost of working from alternative premises
- Damage to mechanical and electrical services
- Mechanical and/or component failure
The policy is generally available for a period of 10 to 12 years from the date of issue of final certificate of practical completion and is assignable to future owners/tenants/funders. Speak to an expert today to discuss further.
The who, what and why of latent defects insurance
The need to protect a construction project doesn't end when the building is completed. There are many reasons why as the owner or developer of a building you might still need to consider having the development insured after completion.
Latent defect claims examples
following badly fitted windows, failure of the rain screen or of basement tanking, defective roofing, defective cladding.
landslip or heave causing damage to the walls.
floor slabs causing damage to floors and walls.
Omission of wind posts
causing damage to floors.
Latent defects insurance frequently asked questions
2. Accept quotation, pay deposit premium and inspection fee.
3. Technical audits begin. This will ﬂag potential defects to the client and insurer during the construction process. If these are not adequately resolved before practical completion, it will be ﬂagged in the technical audit sign-off to insurers who may then consider altering their initial quotation.
4. Periodic visits to site coinciding with important milestones in the construction programme.
5. Practical completion and sign-off by technical auditor. As part of the sign-off process, you’ll be expected to provide:
a. Practical completion certificate.
b. Snagging list.
c. Reinstatement valuation to ensure the correct value is being covered.
6. Sign off by insurers, policy issued and balance premium paid.
Developers, Property owners, Receivers, and Contractors typically purchase this insurance.
Latent defects insurance is available for commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments.