The California State Supreme Court recently ruled homeowners whose homes have been badly damaged but not destroyed are entitled to the cost of repair even if the repair exceeds the fair market value of the home. The court denied an appeal from a lower court and the ruling is now the law of the land.
The case resulted after a home was badly damaged by a kitchen fire in 2011 and the insurer only paid homeowner Marlene Garnes the fair market value of $75,000. Garnes sued and won the right to coverage for $320,549 which was the actual repair cost minus depreciation. A 2004 state law allows homeowners to recover repair costs even when their insurance policy is drafted in a more restrictive manner. The court ruled that coverage is limited to fair market value only if the home is destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
We all know that the home we live in often has value beyond the cash value such as comfort, familiarity and memories. The law gives insured homeowners the option of remaining in the home and neighborhood they chose. This ruling is especially timely given the events in the Houston area. The term “Home Is Where The Heart Is” cannot be over emphasized.
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