Navigating Strata Risks: Insurance Considerations for Body Corporates

Published: 18/03/2024

Navigating Strata Risks: Insurance Considerations for Body Corporates

In Australia's dynamic strata industry, body corporates face many risks that can impact their financial stability, operational continuity, and legal liabilities.

Whether it's property damage, legal disputes, governance challenges, or regulatory obligations, managing a strata scheme requires careful risk management and tailored insurance coverage.

Common Risks in the Strata Industry

  • Property Risks - Property risks such as fire, water damage, vandalism, and natural disasters can result in significant damage or loss to common areas, individual units, and shared facilities. This can impact the financial well-being of body corporates and the value of strata properties.
  • Liability Risks - Body corporates may face potential liability claims from occupants, visitors, contractors and third parties for bodily injury or property damage occuring on strata premises. Slip and fall accidents, building defects, inadequate maintenance, and security breaches are common source of liability exposure.
  • Compliance Risks - Failure to adhere to strata laws, by-laws, and legislative requirements can result in financial penalties, disputes, and legal challenges. This can damage the integrity and reputation of body corporates and strata communities.
  • Financial Risks - Budget shortfalls, unpaid levies, inadequate insurance coverage, and mismanagement of funds can strain body corporate finances, hinder essential maintenance and repairs, and jeopardise the long-term viability of strata properties.

Insurance Considerations for Body Corporates

  • Strata Building Insurance - Mandatory in Australia, this insurance provides comprehensive coverage for common property, including buildings, fixtures, fittings, and shared facilities, against perils such as fire, storm damage, theft, and accidental damage.
  • Public Liability Insurance - Protects against third-party claims for bodily injury or property damage arising from the ownership, occupation, or management of strata premises. It also covers legal defence costs, compensation payments, and court-awarded damages resulting from accidents or incidents on strata property.
  • Office Bearers Liability Insurance - Shields committee members, office bearers, and volunteers from personal liability for alleged wrongful acts, errors, or ommissions committed in their official capacity. It covers legal expenses and damages arising from governance-related claims or disputes.

How Coverforce can help

At Coverforce, we have extensive experience dealing with the insurance requirements of strata managers and owners corporations. Our team approach all of the major strata insurance underwriters in the market to ensure we provide you with a recommendation based on the best value policy available.

For personalised risk advice and tailored insurance solutions to meet your specific needs and budget, you can contact your local Coverforce Office and speak with a risk expert today.

The information provided in this article is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. If you require advice that is tailored to your specific business or individual circumstances, please contact Coverforce directly.

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