Any Community Association Board of Directors or Landlord who reads the news, knows how times keep changing and that society becomes more and more litigious with each passing year. In fact, the five most litigious states are New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and California, where a simple (or not so simple) slip-and-fall, an assault in a building, or a burn from a defectively installed hot water system can end in a courtroom settlement of millions of dollars! Without a commercial umbrella to pay the damages above $1,000,000, the community association or landlord could be bankrupt—and/or lead to huge assessments to the owners of a community association, and more lawsuits by the owners of why the Board of Directors of the Association did not protect the community association properly.
And that’s where a commercial umbrella policy tailored for your condo/co-op association or apartment building comes in to provide protection over and above the limits of the existing policies, general liability and board of directors policies. It’s not a legal requirement, but the benefits of having it are substantial, as you can see in the examples below.
When it comes to figuring out what limits should be carried by a community association or landlord, it basically boils down to risk tolerance. Umbrella limits start at $1,000,000 and can go up to $100,000,000, with usual choices of $5M, $10M, $25M, $50M or $100M available through specialty programs like ours in New Empire Insurance Services.