THE Housing Authority has urged customers affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan to submit their completed insurance claim forms before the end of the month or risk being disqualified from making claims for damage to their homes.
In a statement, HA chief executive officer Alipate Naiorosui said failure to adhere to the revised due date would automatically mean disqualification.
"Housing Authority has extended its insurance claim deadline by a further two weeks to allow home loan account customers time to lodge their damage claims," he said.
So far, the authority had registered 144 insurance claims — 105 were individual home owners and 26 were village housing schemes.
"Initially, the due date for lodgement of insurance claims was January 17. This has been extended until January 31 as property owners response has not matched up to the devastation in the Western Division — their priorities have been to clean up, restore and secure their houses," said HA spokesman Dwain Qalovaki.
"Considering that there is a heavy demand for contractors and builders in the west particularly Lautoka, homeowners are finding some difficulties in attaining quotations from suppliers and construction companies in order to meet the conditions of the insurance claim.
"HA had considered these and written to its insurance underwriter to extend the due date for submission of claims."
Meanwhile, Mr Naiorosui said the house insurance policy provided protection against major damage to property such as a tree falling on the roof which could cause structural damage or significant fire damage deeming it unsuitable for habitation.
He said the overall Group House Insurance cover provided against damage caused by fire, cyclone, flood, electrical damage and water damage from leaking pipes.