CONVERTING A BUILDING INTO FLATS? INSURANCE NEED TO KNOW

LANDLORD ADVICE | June 3, 2019

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So, you are thinking about converting a building into flats? Then here are some of the things you need to know about insurance Renovation insuranceDespite a recent relaxation in the regulations, you are still likely to need planning permission for the building works you propose. It is when you are about to commission the builders that you need to consider the question of insurance.
Given the structural alterations that are going to be taking place, specialist renovation insurance is necessary to continue to protect against the risk of damage to the existing structure. If you already have any kind of insurance in place, this is almost certain to exclude damage incurred to the structure and fabric of the existing building during building works - whether you are creating an extension or simply renovating the current building.Renovation insurance may also protect any building supplies and materials, together with plant and equipment you may own, against loss or damage.

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Southern Insurance Underwriters (SIU) was established in 1964 as a Georgia corporation. Since that time SIU has grown to become one of the largest family owned MGAs in the country. SIU has a broad range of property, casualty, and transportation products and specializes in hard to place, specialty and excess & surplus lines risks. With an experienced staff of seasoned underwriters, the scope of risks that can be underwritten ranges from the most simple property risks to highly sophisticated self-insured programs.

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