Static Caravan Maintenance

Can you afford NOT to insure your caravan?

One of our policyholders have had the misfortune of receiving the news that their Static Caravan was the subject of a total loss in recent strong winds. The loss was a result of impact damage from a neighbouring caravan which was flipped over in the recent strong winds and hit our policyholders caravan.

Unfortunately the neighbouring caravan was uninsured, and therefore our policyholder can only claim from their own policy to replace their caravan. However, the owner of the neighbouring caravan does not get away lightly, just because they’re not insured, doesn’t mean a claim can not be made against them personally.

One of the benefits of insuring your caravan is not just ensuring that your caravan is insured for fire, theft, storm damage etc you will normally receive cover for Public Liability of around £2million pounds in the event that you, or a member of your family become legally liable for to pay for damages for bodily injury or damage to property. A claim is now being made against the owner of the neighbouring caravan for causing damage to our policyholders caravan, and for not insuring their caravan.

Don’t just assume that you are the only person who will lose out for not insuring your caravan, you have a responsibility for those around you to ensure that they are not at risk too.

Prestige & Homeseeker with Assist Insurance

Setting The Standards In Claims Service

Assist Insurance Services Ltd (My Static Caravan Insurance) are very aware that the real measure of an insurance policy isn’t just the competitiveness of the premium, or the comprehensive cover the policy provides, its also the quality of service when the unthinkable happens and a claim occurs.

Assist Insurance Services believe that its insurer and claims partners provides one of the most effective claims service in the industry but rather than be complacent, Assist Insurance Services wanted to build on its service even further.

On the 15th July Assist Insurance Services hosted a claims summit day for its Lloyd’s insurer (Canopius), it’s Claim Management Service (Davies Management Services), and a group of Loss Adjusters. The day entailed an in-depth discussion as to how to further the already excellent claims service it provides, but also a tour of the Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes ‘state of the art’ factory hosted by Homeseeker’s Managing Director, Silvano Geranio.

Assist Insurance Services have an excellent and very close relationship with Silvano, who was one of the first manufacturer’s to join Assist Insurance Services Platinum Seal Structural Warranty Scheme for Residential Park Homes and Holiday Lodges, with Prestige Park and Leisure Homes, and this year Homeseeker also joined the scheme. Silvano, just like Assist Insurance Services, is never complacent and is always looking to set his company apart from the rest of the industry. With an order book full till February 2015, his hard work clearly is paying-off. With collaborations like this, both companies will continue to set the standards which other Static Caravan and Holiday Lodge insurers and manufacturers will have to follow.

A great day was had by all, and Assist Insurance Services would like to thank Homeseeker (Silvano Geranio), its insurer (Canopius) and Davies Management for a very beneficial day.

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Storm Hits Welsh Holiday And Caravan Park

Winds of up to 94mph have brought chaos to parts of Wales, leaving properties damaged and trees torn down.

Aberystwyth in Ceredigion bore the brunt, with reports of a small tornado sweeping across the area.

Trees and roof tiles were blown into roads, with several being forced to close but Dyfed-Powys Police said no injuries had been reported.

BBC Weather said there had been “a few small tornadoes” across parts of Wales and the Midlands.

The RNLI station in Aberystwyth recorded the strongest gust of 94mph shortly after 10:30 GMT.

About 600 households were without power for part of the day due to the weather.

Scottish Power said service had been restored to about 35 customers in Pwllheli after a thunderstorm knocked out their power.

Western Power said most of its customers have also had their power restored but it was still dealing with six incidents across south and west Wales, affecting 308 customers.

Thomas Scarrott, director of the Clarach Bay Holiday Village, near Aberystwyth, said 15 to 20 caravans were upended and overturned by what he described as a tornado. Others had their roofs ripped off.

Reference:
BBC News. 2016. Roofs ripped off as storms hit parts of mid and west Wales. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38014691. [Accessed 17 November 2016].

Insurer Goes Into Liquidation

Based on the principal ‘if things seem and sound too good to be true, they probably are’ this could be an excellent example within the insurance sector.

Lemma Europe Insurance Company Ltd has gone into liquidation, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission has confirmed.

The Insurer provided many elderly Park Home residents a specialist scheme for Britannia Parks Ltd (before it was recently acquired by the Regency Park Life Group) through Cobra Insurance Brokers and provided residents on Britannia Parks and Kings Park Village a bespoke Park Home Insurance Policy with ‘guaranteed savings for Kings Park Village Residents’ with options of Essential, Superior and Ultimate Cover. Despite this, many of these residents plus other policyholders whether it were home insurance, equine insurance, boat and yacht insurance and so on appear unsure as to whether they are still insured or not.

Just because an insurer offers every conceivable benefit at a fantastic premium, things may not be all what it could be. This is an excellent example of an insurer (based in Gibraltar, with their reinsurer being a sister company based in Kiev) avoiding UK regulation. My Static Caravan Insurance believe that a UK based insurer (in our case a Lloyd’s Insurer) with a realistic yet competitive premium, with UK regulation is what all policyholders should opt for, not just cheap premiums.

As for Lemma Insurance, Frederick David John White of Grant Thornton Accountants (Gibraltar) was appointed provisional liquidator by the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission had made a request after an investigation uncovered a detiorattion in Lemma Europe’s finances and corporate governance.

On the 17th September the Court granted the GFSC leave to do so, and a petition was presented to the court on 19th September. A summons was also issued for the appointment of a provisional liquidator.

On the same day, and in order to protect the assets of Lemma pending the appointment of a provisional liquidator for the company, the GFSC issued a further direction to Lemma that the company may not make any payments from its bank accounts.

On the 28th September the Supreme Court of Gibraltar heard the petition and appointed White as provisional liquidator of Lemma Europe Insurance Company.

The GFSC stated that is was forced to protect policyholders by seeking the company’s liquidation after shareholders refused to contribute additional capital and one of its major reinsurers and sister company, the Ukranian company Joint Stock Insurance Company Lemma, failed to honour its reinsurance agreements with Lemma Europe and stopped all reinsurance claims payments to the company.

This placed Lemma Europe’s finances on an ‘unviable footing’. The provisional liquidator has been granted very wide powers by the court, enabling him to do whatever he considers necessary to protect the interests of policyholders.

A GFSC spokesman said ‘The company’s immediate problems and the need for the commission’s actions are external to Lemma Europe and Gibraltar in that, in the opinion of the commission, they are primarily the result of the actions and defaults of a related insurance company. Lemma Ukraine, which is located in Kiev.

If you would like a quotation for Static Caravan Insurance, contact My Holiday Home Insurance for a quotation with our Lloyd’s insured scheme.

Storm & Flood Update

With the recent and continuing storms and floods hitting the UK, we would like to reassure our customers that there are measures in place to help you get back on your feet during these difficult times.

Following on from Storms Desmond and Eva, which caused considerable flooding to areas in the north of Britain, Storm Frank has now hit parts of the country and the Environment Agency has issued a further 3 day Flood Risk forecast.

How are we helping and what have we done?

After continuous talks with our Insurer and Claims Administrators over the festive period and have put in place the following to ensure we maintain the very highest levels of claims service during this challenging period:

  • Setting up temporary offices in Cumbria.
  • Bringing in staff over the Bank Holiday to answer calls.
  • Using other UK offices to maximise the number of phone lines available to our customers.
  • Bringing in additional Loss Adjusters from overseas offices.
  • All customer claims have been acknowledged and if a visit has not yet been made by a Loss Adjuster, a date for a visit has been agreed.
  • Daily conference calls with our Claims Administrators, including temporary increases in their Claims Authority limits.
  • Instructions to adopt a common sense approach to emergency payments and alternative accommodation, particularly where there could be delays in validating claims.
  • Direct contact details of Canopius claims staff provided to short cut any queries.
  • Widening the geographical coverage of our Loss Adjusters specialising in static caravans, to ensure the right advice is provided to this particular, sometimes vulnerable, customer group.

We understand that this is a difficult time for some of our customers and that there can be a long road to recovery for those unfortunate enough to suffer serious flood damage to their homes. We will continue to support and help our customers to their pre-flood state as best, and as quickly, as we possibly can.

2012 Olympics: Police To Stay In Holiday Homes

Police Officers and staff from all over the country will stay in Dorset static caravans and holiday homes during the 2012 Olympics.

Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing events during 2012 Olympics and Paralympics’.  A contract has been agreed with Seaview Caravan Park in Weymouth to provide accommodation for officers and staff engaged in the security operation. Police say the Olympics will be the largest public event” they have ever experienced in Dorset.

A representative for Dorset Police Olympic Planning Team, said it would require ‘unprecedented levels’ of policing. In support of the operation, the Home Office has funded the provision of external assistance from police forces across the whole force area. These mutual aid officers will help police Olympic events, allowing the police to maintain the standard and service across the whole force area. The force has booked a number of static caravans and holiday homes and across the county as well as the caravan park.”

For the owners of these static caravans, this is an excellent opportunity to earn rental income, as long as they have the appropriate insurance to allow the rental of these static caravans. My Holiday Home Insurance provides competitive Static Caravan Insurance including cover for owners who rent their holiday home as a commercial venture, or to other friends and family. Make sure you have the correct static caravan insurance which enables you to rent your holiday home and still be covered.