Landlord insurance is insurance coverage for owners of rental properties such as houses, apartments, and condos. This insurance protects landlords from the costs of damage that are out of their control.
Landlords can choose from a wide range of policies that include a variety of types of protection. Policies can protect against property damage caused by events like fire, severe weather, vandalism, or tenant damage. If these events cause a property to become inhabitable, some insurance policies can cover the landlord’s income loss. In this case, the insurance policy will reimburse the landlord for money lost by being unable to collect rent from tenants.
Additionally, some policies provide liability insurance. If a tenant or guest is injured in the rental property due to the landlord’s negligence, the insurance will protect the landlord against injury claims.
Rates for this insurance vary depending on several factors. Insurers take the size of the rental property into consideration when determining the rate. Smaller properties will have lower rates, while larger properties will have higher rates. The extent of the policy’s coverage is also a factor in determining the rate. Policies with more complex coverage will cost more than simpler policies.
Additionally, insurers consider the age and condition of the rental property, as well as any safety issues the property may have. For example, if the property has working burglar alarms, if the electrical wiring follows safety codes, and if the units have sprinklers, the insurance rate will likely be lower. On the other hand, properties with a swimming pool may have a higher insurance rate, as pools can create safety hazards.
Landlord insurance is not legally required. However, if landlords have no insurance, any expenses to fix damages must be paid out of pocket. Accidents are unpredictable, and landlord’s insurance can protect landlords from expenses caused by any accidents. The insurance is also tax deductible, as it can be considered a business expense.