Condominium owners in New York own their condos and, therefore, are usually responsible for insuring them. Their insurance needs, however, are different from those of homeowners. Condo insurance policies are designed to meet the particular insurance needs of condo owners.
Condominium insurance policies are like homeowners insurance policies that are written with the unique insurance needs of condominium owners in mind. Like homeowners policies, condo policies typically provide structural coverage for a condo’s structure, personal property, and liability. The structural coverage they offer, however, is usually different from that provided by homeowners policies because condo owners don’t own freestanding houses.
The protections that condo insurance policies provide for condos’ structures vary. Some policies don’t include much protection for a condo’s structure, while other policies afford a lot of coverage for cabinets, appliances, plumbing, wiring, flooring, and similar items.
How much structural protection a condo owner should look for in a policy will depend on what their condo association’s Offering Plan and By-Laws state, the master policy should follow those coverage guidelines and the Unit Owners policy will also be dictated by those terms. Usually there are three different insurance agreements, again the offering plan and by-laws will determine which:
Whatever isn’t covered by a condo association’s master policy ought to be insured with a condo policy. Thus, a condo owner normally needs to purchase much less coverage if their condo association has an all-in master policy than if the association maintains a bare walls-in master policy