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Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District
March 7, 2001, Opinion Filed
CASE NO. 3D99-1490
[*1144] RAMIREZ, J.
Bobbie Ruth Davis appeals the denial of her Motion for Directed Verdict following a jury verdict in favor of Allstate Insurance Company. We affirm.
In May, 1992, Davis purchased a Deluxe Homeowners Policy from Allstate which contained a replacement cost guarantee provision. On her application, she valued her home at $ 65,000.00. On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew severely damaged Davis' home. Allstate estimated the cost to replace or repair her damaged home at $ 75,564.75. In 1994, Davis purchased a new home for $ 154,000.00 and sold her unrepaired home for $ 31,000.00. The replacement home was newly constructed, and had four bedrooms, three baths, swimming pool, patio, whirlpool tub, tile floors, intercom and alarm system. The damaged home was built in 1951, and [**2] had three bedrooms, two baths, and wood floors. Davis deducted the estimated cost of the extra amenities in the new home and the salvage value of her old home from the purchase price of the new home, and then claimed an actual replacement cost of $ 94,000.00. Allstate declined to pay any amount greater than the $ 75,564.75 paid to replace or repair the damaged home.
Davis brought an action to recover the difference between the amount Allstate paid and what she considered to be her actual replacement cost. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Allstate, finding that Davis had been reimbursed completely for the amount actually and necessarily spent to replace her damaged home.
Davis' policy stated that "replacement cost" meant there would be no "deduction for depreciation" and that "payment [would] not exceed the smallest of the following amounts: 1) the replacement cost of that part of the building structure damaged for equivalent construction and use on the same premises; 2) the amount actually and necessarily spent to repair or replace the damaged building structure; or 3) the limit of liability applicable to the building structure." Davis argues that the replacement cost is [**3] what she actually spent after reducing the purchase price of the replacement home by the salvage value of her damaged home and the value of the extra amenities in the new home. We disagree.
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781 So. 2d 1143 *; 2001 Fla. App. LEXIS 2490 **; 26 Fla. L. Weekly D 664
BOBBIE RUTH DAVIS, Appellant, vs. ALLSTATE INSURANCE CO., Appellee.
Subsequent History: [**1] Rehearing Denied April 25, 2001. Released for Publication April 25, 2001.
Prior History: An Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Harold Solomon, Judge. LOWER TRIBUNAL NO. 94-892.
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