Loss of use coverage provided by your homeowners insurance policy helps pay for additional living expenses that incur in the event your home is severely damaged, making it temporarily uninhabitable. Think of temporary rent, hotel stays, storage and moving costs etc.
With that being said, it’s also important to understand your Florida homeowners insurance loss of use coverage, limits and rules. In a recent article on Insurance.com, ILG’s attorney and director of client relations, Kimesha Smith, and other industry experts provide insight on “loss of use coverage: everything you need to know.” Below are some highlights!
Wondering how much loss of use insurance costs?
According to the article, additional living expense coverage is automatically included in your homeowners insurance for no extra charge unless otherwise specified.
This coverage is not broken out as a separate line item cost in your homeowners insurance policy or rate, so it’s difficult to determine what percentage of your premium goes toward loss of use coverage.
‘Typically, it accounts for 10% to 20% of your premium,” says Smith.
How much coverage should you get?
This is what Kimesha told Insurance.com:
“To be safe, your loss of use coverage should probably cover up to 12 months of basic, comparable living expenses.”
Lastly, when filing a loss of use coverage claim, be prepared to complete a form breaking down your normal monthly living expenses.
“You should submit these receipts and invoices as they accrue so that you can be reimbursed over time as long as needed and up to 12 months,” Smith says.
Read the full article here.
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