Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Canterbury: Temporary accommodation benefits still an issue

Temporary accommodation benefits still an issue for some Canterbury residents, says Insurance & Savings Ombudsman

12 May 2014

The Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme continues to receive calls from Canterbury residents who are not eligible for a temporary accommodation benefit when their homes are being repaired or rebuilt.

“This is particularly an issue for people who have moved into earthquake-damaged houses since the earthquakes, and have to move out for repairs,” says Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Karen Stevens.

Temporary accommodation benefits may be payable under house or contents insurance policies.

Temporary accommodation benefits usually apply when, at the time of the damage:
• The insurance policy was in force
• You were living in the house; and
• You had to move out because of that damage

“If you fall outside of this scope, for example you weren’t living in the house at the time of damage, or your insurance policy was not in force when the damage occurred, it is unlikely you will be covered for temporary accommodation,” says Karen.

“It’s important to read the particular wording of your insurance policy, which sets out when you are eligible,” says Karen. “If, when you bought your house, you also took on the previous owner’s insurance claim, we recommend you ask your solicitor to check the documents. Usually, unless it is specifically mentioned in the documents, the temporary accommodation benefit under the previous owner’s policy will not be transferred to you.”

See the ISO Scheme information sheet for common questions on temporary accommodation and real examples.

See the ISO Scheme website: www.iombudsman.org.nz

Or contact the Residential Advisory Service for free and independent advice on Canterbury earthquake issues: https://advisory.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news