Get your insurance sorted
Properties are valuable assets, so make sure you have private insurance in place that will enable you to repair or rebuild your property if it suffers natural disaster damage.
Toka Tū Āke EQC automatically covers your property for natural disaster damage if you have a private insurance policy that includes fire cover (most do) in place when a natural disaster happens. This is called EQCover.
The EQCover building cap is the maximum amount of EQCover available for your house. Your private insurer usually provides cover above that cap up to the sum insured.
The EQCover building cap for a residential building containing one dwelling is usually $300,000 + GST for each natural disaster event. If the property was damaged by a natural hazard event before 1 October 2023, the relevant building cap may be lower than this. Natural disaster insurance has more about EQCover, private insurance and rebuild costing.
Key things to check:
- Find out what Toka Tū Āke EQC covers and what your private insurer covers, as well as what is not covered (these are known as exclusions).
- Check your private insurance cover is sufficient to rebuild your property if a natural disaster damages it to the extent that a rebuild is required. Review your level of cover regularly so it keeps pace with any changes in the value of the property and any increases in construction costs.
- Can you find your insurance documents? These include the terms of the policy as well as your policy schedule which should record information about the property insured. Should a disaster strike you’ll want to be able to access these documents easily. Store hard copies in a safe place and upload a digital copy to the cloud or to a USB stick.
- Does your private insurance cover consequential loss, such as loss of rent? It’s not part of EQCover. You might want to consider arranging private insurance to cover you for any financial loss you might incur if your tenants can’t live in the property during a repair or rebuild.