Chennai, November, 2017: HDFC ERGO, country’s third largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, today announced the launch of the ‘Inherent Defects Policy’, a first-of-its-kind product in the non-life insurance sector. This new insurance policy provides cover to new buildings or civil structures against any damage caused by inherent structural defects.
Inherent Defects Insurance Policy offers comprehensive protection against structural defects such as the cost of repairing, restoring or strengthening of the insured building. This product addresses one of the requirements of the recently enacted Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 (RERA) that has mandated real estate builders to rectify any structural defects within thirty days, if brought to their notice in a period of five years from the date of handing over possession.
Commenting on the launch of the new policy, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Executive Director, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company said, “At HDFC ERGO, customer centric product innovation has been a key to our growth. ‘Inherent Defect Policy’ was launched to address the needs of real estate builders and provide them with a comprehensive cover against any damages arising during the construction of the building. This product will not only help developers but also help housing societies if any damage is caused by inherent structural defects.”
The new policy can be obtained prior to the construction of the building. An Independent Technical Inspection Service team is appointed during the course of construction to carry out monitoring activities on the quality of the building which includes services ranging from sample designs checks to witnessing tests at site.
The insured can opt for Inherent Defect Policy for a maximum period of five years. The premium of the policy is derived based on various factors such the occupancy type i.e. residential, commercial building, number of storeys, site location, topography, foundation type, contractor’s / designers reputation. Also, this policy is assignable during the five year period which means that the subsequent owners of the property will be assigned the rights of this policy.
For more information on the policy and the full range of HDFC ERGO Insurance products please contact HDFC ERGO representative. Also, for further details on risk factors, exclusions, terms and conditions please read the sales brochure before concluding a sale.
About HDFC ERGO:
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company is a 51:49 joint venture between HDFC Ltd.; India’s premier Housing Finance Institution and ERGO International AG; the primary insurance entity of the Munich Re Group of Germany. HDFC ERGO acquired L&T General Insurance Companyto mark India first amalgamation in the non-life General Insurance sector and is the country’s third largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector. The company offers complete range of general insurance products ranging from Motor, Health, Travel, Home and Personal Accident in the retail space and customized products like Property, Marine and Liability Insurance in the corporate space. HDFC ERGO is expanding its network across the country and is today present in 109 branches spread across 91 cities with an employee base of over 2000 professionals. The Company also has a wide distribution network.