EQC says it will pay out on boarding houses

9:26 pm on 19 March 2013

Earthquake Commission officials say they won't appeal a High Court decision that boarding houses in Christchurch should be covered for quake damage.

The commission argued that boarding houses where people lived separately but shared facilities were not residential buildings, which are the only types of buildings it provides cover for.

The court's declaratory judgement, released last month, confirmed that six boarding houses across the city are now eligible for a settlement under the Earthquake Commission Act.

The commission says the new criteria means another 30 properties are also likely to be eligible, which will cost it about $10 million in settlements.