Landlord Insurance: Do You Have the Right Cover on Your Rental Property?

March 3, 2015 by Brendan Goddard

If you’re a property investor, procuring the proper insurance is one of the best ways to protect yourself from financial disaster. When considering landlord insurance, you’ll want to ensure that you are covered for damage to your property’s structure and contents as well as for damage caused by tenants. In addition, landlord insurance can assist you with loss of rent in the event of a tenant default or eviction.

As a landlord, you’ll want to be certain you have the right insurance to cover you from these risks (no matter how unlikely) so that you can feel confident your assets are securely protected.

Risks for Properties

As with any property, it’s vital to have the appropriate cover for potential risks. Building coverage should cover damages resulting from natural disasters. This can include such things as flooding, storms, earthquake, and fire. Such catastrophic events may be unlikely to ever occur, but if they do, the financial repercussions would be enormous. It’s always better to be prepared for even the most uncommon of events, than to have inadequate coverage. The cost of yearly premiums is negligible when compared with the potential financial fallout from a major disaster.

Good coverage should include different aspects of your property’s structure, both internal and external. Make sure the policy covers cables, pipes, plumbing systems, and other permanent fixtures. Policies vary widely in what’s included in their coverage, so you’ll want to discuss your specific landlord needs with your insurance broker.

Specific Rental/Landlord Risks

Typical landlord insurance policies will include both building insurance (to protect the property itself) and coverage for tenancy issues. A strong policy will include protection for rent default should your tenants fail to pay their rent or if they break a lease agreement. It should take care of the legal costs that may result in such situations as well. You’ll also want to look for a policy that covers loss of your rental income if the property becomes uninhabitable due to damage. In the case of theft, vandalism, or malicious damage caused by your tenants, the right policy will cover the associated costs of repairs and resulting actions. Lastly, you’ll want to look for liability cover that protects you in case someone is injured while on your property, whether that be a tenant or one of their visitors.

A Broker Will Make Sure You’re Covered

Landlord insurance can cover the above concerns as well as countless other “add-ons” your situation might require. If you own several properties or one building with several units, you will have different needs than a single-home landlord with few tenants. Working with a qualified broker can give you true peace of mind that you’re selecting the best policy to handle your needs. Your broker will thoroughly assess your risks and work on your behalf, finding you the highest quality landlord insurance coverage, at the most reasonable price.

Are you a landlord looking for a new policy? A new property investor overwhelmed by your options? Or perhaps you’re concerned your current landlord coverage isn’t enough for your needs? Don’t stay in the dark. Contact our friendly, reliable team at Macey Insurance Brokers today for your personalised quote, and to find the policy that’s right for you.

Brendan Goddard

Brendan Goddard

Director at Macey Insurance Brokers
Brendan has been a director of Macey since 2005 and in addition to servicing his portfolio of clients he is committed to the continuing management and growth of the business including general operations, human resource, marketing and IT management.

Brendan is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker and holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking).
Brendan Goddard

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