Understanding ALE Coverage: What It Includes and What It Doesn’t

Understanding ALE Coverage: What It Includes and What It Doesn’t

When disaster strikes and your home becomes uninhabitable, the last thing you want to worry about is where you’ll stay or how you’ll afford the extra expenses. That’s where Additional Living Expenses (ALE) coverage comes in. As a public adjuster, it’s surprising how often we encounter homeowners unaware of this crucial aspect of their insurance policy. Let’s break down ALE coverage, what it includes, and what it doesn’t so you can be better prepared in times of need.

What is ALE Coverage?

Additional Living Expenses (ALE) coverage is a part of most homeowners’ insurance policies. It is designed to cover the extra costs you incur when your home is damaged by a covered peril, such as fire, storm, or other disasters, making it uninhabitable. Essentially, ALE ensures that you maintain your standard of living while your home is being repaired or rebuilt.

What Does ALE Coverage Include?

ALE coverage typically includes a range of expenses you might not immediately consider when suddenly displaced from your home. Here’s a closer look at what ALE can cover:

  • Temporary Housing Costs:
    • Hotel or Motel Stays: If you need to stay in a hotel or motel while your home is being repaired, ALE can cover these costs.
    • Rental Properties: If the repairs take longer, you might need to rent a house or apartment. ALE can cover the rent and security deposits required.
  • Increased Living Costs:
    • Meals: If unable to cook at home and have to eat out, ALE can cover the additional cost of meals.
    • Laundry Services: If your temporary housing doesn’t have laundry facilities, ALE can cover the cost of using a laundromat or laundry service.
    • Pet Boarding: If your temporary accommodation doesn’t allow pets, ALE can cover the cost of boarding them.
  • Transportation:
    • Increased Commute: If your temporary home is further from your workplace or school, ALE can cover the additional transportation costs, including fuel and public transit fares.
  • Storage Costs:
    • If you need to store your belongings while your home is being repaired, ALE can cover the cost of a storage unit.

What Does ALE Coverage Not Include?

While ALE coverage is extensive, it’s important to know its limitations. Here’s what ALE generally does not cover:

  • Normal Living Expenses:
    • Mortgage Payments: ALE does not cover your regular mortgage payments since these are expenses you would incur regardless of the damage to your home.
    • Utility Bills: Regular utility bills for your damaged home are not covered, though increased costs due to temporary housing may be.
  • Luxury Expenses:
    • ALE is meant to cover comparable living standards, not luxury accommodations or services. For example, if you opt for a high-end hotel or extravagant meals, ALE will typically only cover costs equivalent to your standard living conditions.
  • Damage to Personal Property:
    • ALE does not cover the cost of repairing or replacing damaged personal property. This would fall under the personal property coverage of your homeowners’ policy.
  • Repairs to the Home:
    • The cost of repairing or rebuilding your home is covered under the dwelling coverage of your policy, not ALE.

Understanding Your Policy Limits

Every policy has limits, so it’s crucial to understand yours. ALE coverage is usually limited by a percentage of your dwelling coverage or a specified time frame. Review your policy documents or speak with your insurance provider to know the exact limits.

How to Claim ALE

When you need to claim ALE, keep detailed records of all your expenses. Save receipts for hotel stays, meals, transportation, and any other costs incurred due to displacement. Submit these to your insurance company promptly to ensure a smooth claims process.


ALE coverage is an essential part of your homeowners’ insurance, providing peace of mind and financial support when you need it most. By understanding what ALE covers and what it doesn’t, you can navigate the aftermath of a disaster more confidently. As always, review your policy regularly and consult with your insurance provider or a public adjuster to ensure you’re adequately protected.

If you’ve recently experienced a house fire and would like more information, please contact Ohio Fire Claims today for a free claim review: 855-761-7269

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Always consult your insurance policy and a professional for specific guidance regarding your coverage.