There are two key considerations when insuring estates: the buildings, which can be a mix of flats and houses, and the communal areas.
While the buildings can be insured as a portfolio, in practice, each is likely to be independently managed and the cost of insurance will most likely be included in the service charges shared by leaseholders on a building by building basis.
Communal areas on estates, on the other hand, can add a whole new level of complexity when it comes to insurance and not all insurers offer cover which is both tailor made for residential flats and affordable. At Deacon, we have negotiated a bespoke policy which we believe meets the needs of shared facilities on estates with multiple blocks and possibly a mix if flats and houses.
Our estate management policy, which includes public liability insurance, provides cover for communal facilities, which may simply be private roads but can also extend to electric gates, street lighting and even communal play areas, swimming pools and gyms. Each policy is individually written to suit the estate in question.
Leases should tell each resident what is considered the ‘Communal Estate’ and the extent of their and the freeholder or management company’s responsibilities to maintain and insure it, with costs ultimately shared by leaseholders.
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