Landlord Insurance

If you own rental properties, it is very important for you to have landlord insurance. This type of insurance generally compensates you if your properties are damaged or destroyed by fires, floods, earthquakes, severe storms, and other major calamities. It may also cover destruction caused by property theft and/or the malicious actions of a tenant.

How does it work?

In some cases, rental properties may become impossible to live in due to severe damage. Without landlord insurance, you would suffer a huge financial blow if you found yourself in this situation. Not only would you have to pay to repair your properties, you would also suffer a loss of rental income. Property owners with this type of insurance have the peace of mind of knowing that they have financial security. Their insurance will compensate them for the loss of the income that they would have received from their tenants by providing fair rental value coverage.

The typical insurance policy will cover more than just your main rental properties. All other types of structures, such as equipment sheds, may also be covered. The appliances that come with the rental properties, such as washers and dryers, could be eligible for coverage as well. In short, anything you own that is associated with your rental properties is protected.

Landlords signing up for insurance may receive special discounts in some areas. If your rental properties are less than a decade old, for example, you are likely to receive a lower premium than landlords with older, more vulnerable properties.

There are a wide variety of different features that landlords should consider when purchasing an insurance policy. Some policies have inflation protection, which compensates you for the rising cost of maintaining and repairing your properties. A policy can also protect you in the case that you are found financially liable for an injury to a tenant. Depending on the policy, your insurance can pay out a settlement to cover some or all of the damages that the tenant has been awarded. Policies can even compensate you for the cost of replacing damaged or broken locks.