Everything You Wanted To Know About Landlord Insurance


A landlord insurance policy has been specifically designed for protecting the investment of the landlord. The most important investment is the house/ building that is being rented for the generation of the income. Any losses that may occur due to the lawsuit or any income loss due to the tenant can be easily covered by buying the insurance policy that covers these losses.

The policies are of two types. The first one is a peril policy and covers only those losses that have been stated in the insurance policy as a covered peril. For example: if there is any loss due to the blackout that occurs outside the house and is not listed in the policy, it will not be covered. The second type of landlord insurance policy is called open peril or the comprehensive insurance policy which covers a specific loss unless it has been specifically excluded from the insurance cover. This simply means that if you suffer some loss and it has not been excluded, then it is fully covered. This policy is quite comprehensive and easy to manage but would cost more to the buyer.

Majority of the policies cover the buildings.This includes any damage due to wind, hail, fire, explosions, smoke, damage due to vehicle, riots and so on. You should therefore evaluate each cover accordingly.

Some endorsements can also be added to the landlord insurance policy in addition to the basic coverage provided by the policy on the payment of the extra premium. Some essential endorsements in the policy are earthquake, riots, medical payments, personal liability and so on. If your landlord insurance does not list all these coverage’s in the declaration page, then it is for sure that you don’t have any of them in your cover.

Landlord liability is also an important coverage provided under the landlord’s insurance policy. It protects the landlord from any lawsuits that many arise due to any damages or injuries to the tenant or some outsider who gets injured on the premises. Such an injury is not limited to the physical one but can be emotional as well. Liability coverage will cover all the legal expenses and damages if at all they are awarded. This protects the landlord from paying to the aggrieved party if they win the case in the court.

The landlord policies cover the buildings on the actual cash value or the replacement cost basis. In case of actual cash value coverage, the provider pays for the actual cost of the property minus any depreciation. In the replacement cost basis coverage, no depreciation is taken into account, so this is a more expensive cover.

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