The driveway is to be pulled up and re-laid because of earthquake damage. Both entrance doors to the home open directly on to the driveway.
Are the residents entitled to use the accommodation allowance during the repair?
Asked: 12 November 2014
No. Lumley policies stipulate that the home must be deemed uninhabitable for temporary accommodation benefit to be triggered. This would not render the home uninhabitable, and most repairers will set up temporary access ways for homeowners anyway.
If repairs to the driveway result in the home being deemed uninhabitable payment of Temporary Accommodation Assistance could be considered. The homeowner would need to have exhausted any entitlement to temporary accommodation cover from their insurance company and meet all other criteria to receive payment of Temporary Accommodation Assistance. Please refer to http://www.quakeaccommodation.govt.nz/