House insurance in quake-hit regions still restricted

by Mina Martin 22 Feb 2017

House insurance in quake-hit regions still restricted

Homeowners seeking insurance in quake-hit areas from North Canterbury to Wellington are in for an indefinite wait as house insurance remains restricted in those regions.

After the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake, new policies have been restricted in said regions. However, insurance companies are starting to loosen up restrictions on new policies for contents, Radio NZ reported.

The restriction means prospective buyers can not take up insurance for their homes unless they take over the previous owner’s policy.

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Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton said most insurance companies were not taking on new cover because of regular seismic activity, Radio NZ reported. 

However, he said there is a gradual easing of restrictions relating to leases, once the building has been tested for weather-tightness and earthquake damage.

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