California fires – what to do if you are forced to evacuate from your home or work?

Additional Living Expense Claims (ALE)

Here is super important A.L.E. Hint!

Over the past few years, forest fires in the western United States have been horrific, as tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and businesses, and have caused billions of dollars in damage. But what happens when local authorities compel you to assess the time of the fire?

There is coverage in the ALE part of politics! I promise you that insurance companies will not display radio and television ads, while alerting their policyholders to this coverage!

Here's an accurate quote from ISO Homeowners Policy:

“If a civil authority prohibits you from using the“ residence ”as a result of direct damage to neighboring buildings by an insured against the risks in this policy, we cover the additional cost of living and a loss of the fair rental value ….. for no more than two weeks. 1)

On a home owner insurance policy, you'll usually see ALE coverage listed as D. Coverage Sometimes, it's called "loss of use."

Covering the additional cost of living (ALE) is what you think it is. When you have a covered loss that makes the place you reside in inappropriate to live in, and you are required to spend more on regular operating costs than you usually do, ALE coverage pays.

You may read your policy entirely as follows: "Additional living expenses, meaning any necessary increases in living expenses that you incur in order for your family to maintain its normal standard of living."

ALE covers things like:

a. Temporary housing, as in a hotel, apartment or rental house. If you live in a humble home, do not expect the insurance company to pay for the best hotel room in the city. On the other hand, if you live in an expensive house, you must expect the request that the insurance company will pay for the temporary residence of quality and quality. Remember that if you have a mortgage in your home, you still have to pay the mortgage payment while repairing the home. Often the loss is severe and the officer knows you will be leaving your home for weeks or months. The insurance company will save money if you put your family in a hotel for long stays, or in an apartment or rent a house for a short period. In addition to saving money on rent, the insurance company can make advances on the contents, and if you are in an apartment or house, you will have a place to store your new contents, such as furniture, clothes, and kitchen appliances.

B. Washing and dry cleaning. If you have laundry facilities at your residence, the cost of cleaning your clothes will be more. The extra cost is borne by you.

C. Meals. This is where many people abuse it. Sure, if you cannot purchase and prepare your own meals, you will incur higher food prices. But insurance companies will not usually pay for expensive steak dinners and high tabs. You will have to be able to explain your purchases from meals, so do not go abroad. You will have to make a careful estimate of what your family usually spends on food per month. It can definitely include meals you usually buy. Just remember that ALE pays for things that exceed your standard of living. Keep frequent records of your food purchases. If the insurance company places you in a temporary apartment or a competent hotel with a kitchen, he will stop paying for most of the additional meals.

Dr.. Pet boarding costs. Someone should take care of your pets while you cannot live in your home. This is covered.

H. Increase transportation costs for all of your vehicles. Should you pay your children to school, because your temporary accommodations are not in the old school district? This is covered. Should you lead more than to work? Covered. Do you have more driving to doctors, dentists, ballet classes, soccer games, etc.? Cost increase is covered. Did you say keep an infinite record? Most office supply stores have car expense records for sale for a dollar or two. Stop, get one for every car you drive, and write every ride. Keep all receipts for every penny you spend on transport.

F. Rent furniture for a temporary stay. You must have chairs, beds, and other things … even pots, pans, plates and temporary electronic devices. However, don't try to get them to pay for renting a 60-inch flat-screen TV if you have a 27-inch color TV at home.

G. Transportation and storage expenses. Some of your personal property may not be damaged. Some may have been damaged, but the restoration contractor cleans and repairs them. Once cleaned and repaired, it should be stored somewhere before you can go home. Covered.

H. Costs of installing the phone or facilities at your temporary residence. This will include deposits that may be required by utility companies. Don't forget to pick up trash in your temporary spot. Everything is covered. Even cable TV connections will be covered if you have cable at home before the loss.

What if I stay with relatives, and do not incur an increase in rent, and many other expenses shown above? Another scenario is that you simply don't want to continue with the documentation of all the additional expenses. The policy gives you the option to pay "the fair rental value," which is: "the fair rental value for this part of the" residence "where you live is less than any expenses that do not last while the building is not fit to live in."

How much will you rent your home to? this is the question.

You will need to make a comparison of your residence, as was the case before the loss, and the property in the neighborhood that is comparable to you. A good real estate broker can be very helpful in proving these comparable properties and their monthly costs. Once you determine the fair rental value for your home, you should deduct the expenses that do not continue during the recovery period, such as some facilities, garbage pickup, landscape services, or maid services.

Some insurance companies will continue to pay the additional transportation costs, transportation costs, storage of contents and facilities, as well as the fair rental value. Some will make you choose either ALE or Fair Rental Value. Find out from your insurance company what they will do and make your decision.

Go to the website listed in the resources box below and find the Resources tab. Download the ALE worksheet and make as many copies as possible. Use it as a guide to register and record an ALE claim.

If your records and receipts have been damaged in your loss, contact your utility companies, credit card companies and other creditors and obtain copies of the bills of the past few months. You will need these records to confirm normal operating expenses.

Finally: Don't be surprised if the officer or claims examiner tries to cancel some of your legitimate expenses. Don't just accept what the officer says. If these are really legitimate expenses, fight for them! He moved over the officer’s head to his supervisor. Keep fighting. Send them a letter insisting on giving them written denial of any legitimate expenses. Once you have this in your possession, contact the State Department of Insurance (DOI) and register a written complaint. You never know what a DOI complaint has had on your claim.

(1) Insurance Services Office, Inc. CPCU Insurance Policy Handbook, 2005.

Copyright 2008 by Russell D. Longcore

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