Insurance on vacant land and then house under construction

Discussion in 'The Buying/Selling Process' started by The Chaser, 6th Aug, 2010.

  1. The Chaser

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    Hi all

    Just wondering what insurance is required when purchasing a house and land package and when? I.e. the land will settle first with the developer and then the construction will commence with the relevant progress payments to the builder.

    So do I need insurance on the vacant land - public liability risk perhaps - and are there insurers that even offer this type of limited product?

    What happens during the building process? Am I covered by the builder's insurance and what is this type of insurance policy called, so that I can ask the builder to show me proof of its existence?

    Hopefully that makes sense. Thanks.

    Angela :)
     
  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Real Estate Buyers Agent

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    Angela, the builder's own insurance will cover you until handover. Only insure the building & contents at that point.

    Yes, just like checking his licence, you are entitled to see his other policies in place before engaging him. Most companies are happy to show you this, some even have them on their web-site.

    I've never heard of anyone taking out public liability insurance on vacant land before, but I'm fairly sure if you look hard enough you'd find an insurer willing to take your premium :)
     
  3. The Chaser

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    Thanks for the reply. From what I can work out any 'risk' would be mine after the date of the contract. So if say during the contract period or before the builder takes possession of the land for construction, someone walks on the land and trips and injures themselves they could sue me. Logic would suggest that surely nothing much could happen on vacant land but then I have been amazed by the ridiculous cases that the courts seem to entertain! :rolleyes:

    For this reason I thought I had read somewhere that I would need some sort of public liability insurance. :confused:
     
  4. Token Funder

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    The builders PL cover is covering the builder for their legal liability, not the property owners. The builder has a duty of care for their activities on the site, but that does not mean that there are no circumstances whereby the property owner is at risk.

    As an example, the land owner fails to keep the grass down and a fire breaks out, damaging the neighbour's fence.
     
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    So Token Funder, what type of policy does she need? Would it just be PL?
    Thanks.
     
  6. Token Funder

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    Yep. As I said, for most blocks in most circumstances the risk is low, it's just the case that it is not non-existent.

    If I held a vacant block in a subdivision with lots of complete homes, kids looking for a fun place to play and it was going to be an extended period before contstruction began, I'd probably do it.

    If it's vacant dirt surrounded by vacant dirt I'd be less concerned.