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15 Earthquake Advice Articles

Time limits on earthquake claims looming

2016 saw the six-year anniversary of the 4 September earthquake and many insurers granted further time to property owners to bring claims. A number of those deadlines are looming again over the coming months, and this may impact on property owners and their ability to pursue their insurance claims.

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Buyer beware: Christchurch’s property market’s hidden costs

A recent article in the press a couple of weeks ago highlighted that there are several houses in Christchurch which were never correctly fixed after the Canterbury Earthquakes and as a result may be financially toxic. People purchasing these houses run the risk that they may be buying into an ...

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New legislation requires owners to strengthen their quake-prone buildings

The issue of earthquake-prone buildings remains a hot topic. You may have seen recent reports in the media including:

“Wellington considers new earthquake laws that could cost homeowners thousands” – www.stuff.co.nz, 21 January 2017

“Earthquake-prone Hurunui and Marlborough buildings could have just one year to reach building code ...

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Post November 2016 Earthquake Lending Requirements

The latest earthquakes have not just caused movement to the landscape but have also caused movement with regard to bank’s lending requirements in some regions around New Zealand. Banks are understandably cautious about advancing funds on properties that may have sustained damage in the most recent earthquakes.

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EQC excess payments

Canterbury homeowners may be in for a shock if they are unaware they are liable for EQC excess payments where earthquake repairs valued at more than $20,000 were managed by Fletchers.

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