The unique nature of condo buildings often leads to some confusion over who is responsible for insuring what. In reality, it’s a simple set-up, but everyone involved needs to know how it works.
The condo owners association insures some parts of the building against damage with an “association master policy.” The individual condo owners will be responsible for any remaining insurance for their own unit.
The association master policy will almost always cover common areas such as hallways and the elevators, but other coverage varies.
The simplest option is “bare walls coverage,” meaning the condo owners association policy simply covers the walls, floors and ceilings in each unit, with the individual owners responsible for everything else, including fittings and fixtures.
“Single entity coverage” extends the condo owners association coverage to “standard finishes,” such as fitted kitchens and bathroom units, but not the owner’s personal property. One note of caution—if an owner replaces any fitting, such as a kitchen counter or carpet, it will no longer be covered by the association master policy.
Finally “modified single entity” (also called all-in coverage) extends coverage to any replacement or upgraded fittings.
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