Frequently Asked Questions
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What is landlord insurance, and should I have it?
Landlord insurance provides coverage for property owners renting out one or more residential homes, apartments, or condos.
As a landlord, you need protection from financial loss that may result from damages to a rental property due to fire, break-in, severe weather and more. You can get insurance to help cover the loss of income in the event that your rental units become uninhabitable due to circumstances beyond your control.
To get information, advice, and to find the right coverage to match your needs, contact an insurance agent. An agent can guide you in the right direction with free insurance quotes from several different insurance companies and help you find the landlord insurance plan that makes the most sense for you.
What Does Landlord Insurance Cover?
Landlord insurance provides several important types of coverage. Depending on the insurance company you work with and the options you choose, your policy may consist of some or all of these types of insurance:
- Property damage: This covers damage to your buildings and personal property due to fire, storm damage, theft, vandalism, and tenant damage. Ideally, your landlord insurance will cover the replacement costs for your entire rental property in the event of a total loss.
- Liability insurance: This coverage protects you against liability claims and lawsuits. Whether a tenant, visitor or even a trespasser is injured on your rental property, you could find yourself in a legal mess. Your liability insurance will help you cover the costs associated with bodily injury claims on your property. These costs can include medical payments, funeral costs, legal fees, and judgment or settlement costs. You will also be covered if you, as the landlord, are found responsible for another person’s property damage. For example, if you neglect to fix a leaking water pipe and mold damage destroys a tenant’s expensive collection of vintage albums, a liability claim can be filed against you by the tenant.
- Loss of income: This insurance will help compensate you for lost income in the event that a rental property becomes uninhabitable due to a covered loss, such as a storm or apartment fire. Your loss of income coverage, or “rental reimbursement,” will prevent you from losing the income you would have had if you were collecting rent.
- Optional coverage: As a landlord, you can buy additional coverage, such as rent guarantee insurance, natural disaster insurance, employer liability insurance, and landlord contents insurance to cover your personal property items such as furnishings or carpet in the rental property. Contact an Insurance Agent for complete information on the types of coverage available.
Recommended Landlord Insurance Coverage
We recommend speaking with your insurance agent to meet the needs of you and your property. At a minimum, we recommend:
DP-3 Policy, which generally covers replacement cost and provides broad coverage for your rental property.
Liability Coverage, at least $1 Million for each rental property owned. This coverage protects you if you are sued for damages such as from an indoor fall, an animal bite, or someone slipping on the sidewalk.