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Landlord Insurance

The Basics About Landlord Insurance

Landlord’s insurance is created to protect the property value of a rental property. The property itself can include the land, the building being rented and any furniture included in the rental agreement. This policy is made specifically for people who own property they lease or rent to others. Typically, landlord’s insurance applies to people who invest in homes for the purpose of renting them out to others.

Standard Policy Coverage

Landlord’s insurance will generally cover natural disasters such as damage caused by severe storms, fire, flood or earthquakes. This coverage usually varies by region so it’s important to get coverage for the elements where the property is located. Tornado coverage would be better in the Midwest than earthquake coverage. The property owner would need to specify if items other than the house and grounds were to be included in the policy.

Additional Insurance Packages

In addition to the standard policy, there are other optional packages which could be added for extra coverage. Contents insurance protects the contents or furnishings inside the property. Rent guarantee insurance will cover the loss of rent should the property become uninhabitable due to the damage incurred. Accidental insurance will help cover the cost of damage due to an unforeseen accident, which could include acts of terrorism. Liability insurance would protect against injuries incurred by anyone on the property as well as covering the cost of any legal fees.

The Importance of Having Complete Coverage

To provide the best financial protection for a rental property, it is important to cover the value of the investment. It is helpful to have the property assessed to get adequate coverage for its worth. The purpose of having the Landlord insurance is to protect the value of the property, while avoiding additional expenses in the event any damage occurs. When deciding what to add to a policy it is best to be prepared for the unexpected. Once damage occurs, if it is not covered in the policy, it will be an additional out-of-pocket expense for the Landlord.