Property Insurance Roundtable

Common Exposures and Losses Faced by Multi-Family Complexes (Apartments and Condos)

07.03.2017

While multi-family buildings offer many amenities to residents such as maintenance and lawn care, which allow for a simplistic and flexible lifestyle, the insurance policy to cover them are anything but. Apartments and condos are often inadequately insured, and the risk posed for those who own or reside in them is high. For further insight on this topic, please see the corresponding Adjusting Today article: “Multi-Family Complexes (Apartment and Condo): An In-Depth Look at Insuring the Many Exposures and Losses.”

Key Takeaways

  • [01:57] Defining what constitutes a multi-family property.
  • [02:19] How do multi-family exposures differ from typical residential or commercial exposures?
  • [03:13] Why, by law, must multi-family property owners purchase adequate insurance coverage?
  • [04:45] Does preparing a multi-family policy take more foresight and planning than a conventional homeowners policy?
  • [06:54] A 2014 study by the National Multi-Family Council, found approximately 43,267,432 Americans live in rental properties, and a survey by the Insurance Information Institute reported 94,000 fires recorded in apartment buildings the same year; do these figure
  • [08:09] Are rental apartments, condo, and cooperative apartments insured in the same way?
  • [09:29] How are condominium and paired homeowner associations insured? Does it differ from apartment complexes? What two kinds of ownership are available for condos?
  • [13:54] What is the building’s management responsible for insuring?
  • [14:57] What is a unit owner or renter responsible for?
  • [16:53] What will standard building coverages, provided by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) include for a multi-family complex?
  • [17:26] What additional coverages are available for apartments and condos?
  • [21:25] What types of coverage are available to protect owners and residents from disasters?
  • [22:19] What exclusion may arise from the type of coverages previously discussed, and are there additional coverages policyholders can purchase to counteract these exclusions?
  • [25:53] What role does a deductible play in these claims, and how should one select a deductible amount when purchasing a policy?
  • [32:31] What are unique insurance issues for apartments in comparison to condominiums?
  • [36:00] What are lease provisions, and why are they important when processing property insurance claims?
  • [38:45] What types of crime exposures face apartment owners, and is there coverage for this?
  • [42:30] What types of non-residential exposures do apartment building owners face, and are there additional insurances they can purchase to protect themselves from these risks?
  • [44:31] What types of loss control and safety measures can be taken to reduce property insurance and remediation costs?
  • [46:48] What are common problems that come up when adjusting multi-family complex losses?
  • [50:55] Are there any changes on the horizon for this type of coverage?
  • [53:55] One piece of advice on multi-family complex coverages.
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Panelists

Bill Sharpe, who joined Jansen/Adjusters International in 2010, is the Regional Director at Jansen/Adjusters International. Bill specializes in helping business owners to manage their commercial insurance claims after natural disasters or fires damage their property. As a member of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, he is dedicated to helping his clients to achieve their property recovery objectives with as little stress as possible before and after a loss. He is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma and a Certified Property Manager (CPM) with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Bill has been featured as an expert panelist on Adjusters International’s Property Insurance Roundtable podcast in the episode titled, “Equipment Breakdown Insurance: Too Important to Ignore!” and “Disasters Raising Questions of Insurance Adequacy.”

Josh Scott joined Adjusters International in 2007. As a professional public insurance adjuster, he represents policyholders who have faced a catastrophic loss to maximize their financial recovery. Prior to this, Josh worked as a catastrophic loss adjuster for Travelers Insurance and also as a construction estimator for a notable restoration company. This experience provides him with both insider knowledge of insurance companies when handling major claims as well as a skilled perspective when determining what it is his clients need to rebuild. His responsibilities include creating strategies that will allow his clients a full and fair recovery.

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Josh is licensed as a public adjuster in ten states. A recent success story of his is client Dick Emerine, Ph.D., a resident of Phoenix, AZ who lost his home due to a fire. Through Josh’s efforts, and the efforts of The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International team, he received more than triple what he would have received from the insurance company. As the result of these experiences, Dick authored the book “Gone In 20 Minutes.”

Josh represented numerous victims of the Yarnell Hill Fire (Yarnell, AZ); Brant Williams, a fire engineer from Scottsdale, AZ as well as many high profile clients including, but not limited to, American Rag C.I.E. (Sun Valley, CA); Arizona Transmission & Engine Exchange (Tucson, AZ); Associated Property Management (Phoenix, AZ); Chamberlin & Associates (Glendale, AZ); Famous Sams (Yuma, AZ); NG Machine, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ); Nutek Auto Repair (Phoenix, AZ); Safford Carpet (Safford, AZ); Scottsdale Mission (Scottsdale, AZ); and T & M Property Management (Phoenix, AZ).

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C. Todd Thomas
Vice President of Risk Management

Todd Thomas is the Vice President at Adjusters International (AI) and Tidal Basin (TB). He is also the Chief Consultant and Partner of Adjusters International’s affiliate Sigma Consulting Corp. He has worked in the Management Consulting industry for 23 years. Currently, he works with AI and TB's strategic partners to offer the highest quality Risk Management and Disaster Recovery consulting services possible. Thomas has worked in a management capacity on high-profile FEMA, insurance and construction projects since 1996. Thomas regularly serves as an expert witness and Special Master to courts in the area of finance & insurance.

Thomas’ experience assisting public entities, non-profits and other organizations with risk management and insurance includes but is not limited to broker selection, insurance marketing, total cost of risk, risk identification, risk allocation, underwriting, claims, financial risk management, FEMA obtain & maintain compliance, risk analysis, risk management information systems and enterprise risk management.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM), Member of the American Economic Association, Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economists, a Fellow of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Member of the Global Risk and Insurance Management Institute, Caribbean Actuarial Association and Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Todd is a Chartered Economist (ChE), Certified Risk Analyst (CRA), Certified Organizational Risk Manager (CORM), RIMS Fellow (RF), Fellow of Risk Management (FRM), Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management specializing in Public Entities (ARM-P), Master Project Manager (MPM), Accredited Financial Analysis (AFA), Accredited Management Accountant (AMA) and Workers Compensation Claims Law Specialist (WCLS).

Moderator

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Brianna Moyer
Digital Marketing Manager & Website Administrator

Brianna Moyer joined the Adjusters International team in 2014 as the Social Media Specialist and was promoted to Digital Marketing Manager and Website Administrator. Brianna collaborates with AI’s nationwide firms to create robust social media campaigns while assisting the firms with updates to their websites regarding new search engine optimization techniques, content, imagery, the latest technology, and more. She regularly reports to management and the firms while measuring the effectiveness of different strategies. Brianna monitors the latest trends in social media and web design to keep AI on the cutting edge.

Since joining Adjusters International, Brianna has introduced new media ventures such as a podcast series titled, Property Insurance Roundtable and producing video clips. Ms. Moyer writes content for the websites which include blogs, web news stories, and landing pages. She has also been instrumental in creating Standard Operating Procedures for various AI initiatives such as trade shows and disaster plan protocols.

Prior to joining Adjusters International, Brianna worked as an Assistant Business Manager and Sales Assistant at Townsquare Media. In her free time, she pursues freelancing opportunities as a graphic designer and website developer.