Court supports boarding house owners

1:33 pm on 19 February 2013

Boarding house owners in Christchurch have won a case in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission over whether their properties are covered by natural disaster insurance.

EQC claimed the properties in central Christchurch were not covered under the Earthquake Commission Act, because they were not deemed by the act to be residential buildings.

But Justice Priestley has ruled boarding houses are defined as dwellings and were seen as residential premises, so are covered by the Act.

The proceedings were taken as a test case for about 30 other boarding house owners in Canterbury.