Communities managed by a homeowners association (HOA) or property owners association (POA), can face many complexities when it comes to insurance coverage for the properties they manage. Often, insurance includes a master policy for the entire community including the main buildings and common areas, as well as other separate policies for each home, condo, or unit.
When a property damage claim arises involving multi-family buildings like an apartment complex, it can be very costly for an insurance company to address. With multiple buildings, it is likely multiple units will require repairs, leading to higher costs, making it likely that an insurance company will attempt to avoid paying out in full or at all on a claim.
Having multiple types of insurance coverage can make property damage claims more complex and also make it much easier for insurance companies to attempt to thwart the claims process by wrongly denying coverage and/or claiming the other policy/policies should be responsible for covering the damage. Regardless of the state the HOA or POA is located in, it is always the responsibility of the designated association to safeguard and protect the property, even if it means pursuing a reluctant insurance company through litigation for valid claims it refuses to honor.
Unfortunately, all too often an HOA or POA’s insurer will deny coverage for instances of property damage and defend its decision by manipulating policy language in an attempt to convince the insured that the denial or underpayment is legitimate. Few of these property owners have the time to grapple with their insurance providers that just won’t honor their legal obligations under a policy. At Raizner Slania, our legal team knows all too well just how upsetting these instances can be.
Our insurance coverage attorneys have represented many condominium and homeowners associations in their claim disputes with insurance carriers that have wrongfully denied or delayed their claim. We’ve helped to recover the rightful compensation owed in these cases and settled insurance disputes with some of the nation’s largest carriers.
Some of the notable lawsuits our law firm has filed on behalf of HOAs and Property Owner Associations include the following cases: