As­bestos cover warn­ing

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

A SOUTH Yun­derup mother of two has is­sued a warn­ing af­ter find­ing out her in­sur­ance cover did not in­clude as­bestos-re­lated dam­age.

Miki and Graham Glisenti’s rental prop­erty in Coolup was smashed af­ter a tree fell on it three weeks ago.

The cou­ple ran from their home with their two sons, Liam (3) and Max (1).

They were forced to stay with friends and use the last of their money to buy food, medicines, nap­pies, bot­tles, un­der­wear and later rent a new house.

“One day while I was at work my hus­band re­ceived a call from our in­sur­ance say­ing the house was not as­bestos and it was safe to get our things,” Miki said.

“He took the kids back to get a fridge and mi­crowave for the new house as well as a cou­ple of other small items.”

How­ever, Miki said the sit­u­a­tion turned se­ri­ous when a sec­ond as­ses­sor con­firmed the house was, in fact, made from as­bestos.

She told the Coastal Times that when she bought her contents in­sur­ance, she specif­i­cally asked if it would cover as­bestos, as it was an old house.

She was shocked when she made a claim on her $43,000 pol­icy for as­bestos dam­age and her in­sur­ance com­pany said they would not cover it.

Miki es­ti­mates that the fam­ily have lost $65,000 worth of prop­erty.

She had a warn­ing for oth­ers re­gard­ing in­sur­ance.

“If you live in a home that could be made of as­bestos, be aware that it could be in the fine print that the in­sur­ance com­pany will not pay it,” she said.

“We feel like we’re left so high and dry by them.

“We’ve bor­rowed mat­tresses, blan­kets and clothes, my three-year-old is cry­ing for his blankies, the baby is not sleep­ing with­out a sleep sack, me hav­ing to leave all pride be­hind as I ask for do­na­tions of food, clothes, Santa sacks and if peo­ple could help me fill them.

“It’s heart-break­ing and em­bar­rass­ing to be in this po­si­tion.”

Miki’s hus­band works away, so for the past few weeks she has been shoul­der­ing most of the bur­den on her own.

She said con­tact­ing the me­dia was a fi­nal at­tempt to get some res­o­lu­tion.

“What I do think they (the in­sur­ance com­pany) should se­ri­ously con­sider, if not any­thing I’ve stated pre­vi­ously, is the fact that I think al­most all of their cus­tomers would look at this and think it’s un­fair,” she said.

“The wider com­mu­nity would not find this an ac­cept­able way to be treated.”

The in­sur­ance com­pany did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Miki Glisenti and her two chil­dren, Liam (3) and Max (1).

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