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Protect Your Rental Property With the Right Coverage

Before you hand over the keys to your income property, protect your investment with landlord insurance.

If you rely on monthly rental income from your tenants, landlord insurance provides you with the financial protection that standard homeowners insurance alone won’t.

If your rental unit becomes uninhabitable due to a fire, for example, it can take months before the restoration is completed and the tenants move back in.

Protection from lawsuits is also wise as a landlord, as you could be held responsible for accidents or mishaps tenants have on your property.

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What Does Landlord Insurance Cover?

What are you getting when you pay for landlord insurance? Most landlord insurance policies are customized to meet the needs of the client, but there are some common coverage options that help to protect landlords from financial disaster.

Basic Coverage

  • Structure coverage – This is the liability protection for the actual structure, or portion of the structure, you are renting out. You can also get associated structure coverage for garages, sheds, and other structures on your property.
  • Fair rental income protection – If your property becomes uninhabitable for any reason and your tenants are forced to vacate, then you can still get paid your rental income up to a predetermined level.

Extra Coverage

Available as a stand-alone policy, whichever insurer already provides you with your basic landlord insurance.

  • Theft coverage – If you rent out structures that include furniture and appliances, then you should get theft coverage to protect your property.
  • Unpaid rent – Unpaid rent, either because of a tenant’s death, property that cannot be occupied, or defaulting tenants
  • Vandalism protection – You want to trust your tenants, but smart business professionals protect themselves from every contingency. Vandalism protection will make sure that you are covered in the event that you get a tenant who does not respect your property.
For Your Tenants

Did you know?

Most insurance companies won’t insure your rental property if your tenants don’t have their own tenants insurance.

Doesn’t My Homeowner’s Insurance Cover My Rental Property?

It is possible that your existing homeowner’s property insurance will allow you to purchase a rental endorsement, depending on who is renting your property. Most insurance companies require that one family only is occupying the rented dwelling. Other combinations of tenants such as a number of unrelated students can also be acceptable under certain conditions but should be discussed with an insurance professional. The downside of covering your rental property under your own homeowner’s policy is if a claim should be made regarding the rental property, this could negatively affect your homeowner’s insurance rates and availability.

Get the Landlord Insurance that Works For You

The number of tenants you rent to and type of rental properties you own will determine your exposure to risk and your coverage requirements.

For example, a family renting a home is considered a different type of risk than a student renting a room for the school year. Short-term leases are often considered riskier than long-term, and your screening method can play a role in how your landlord policy is written.

  • Residential Rental Property Insurance – Protects single or multiple-family dwellings, normally for long-term rental. Discounts are often available from insurance companies to landlords who require tenants to have renters insurance.
  • Apartment Building Coverage – Residential property coverage usually applies to units that are one to six family dwellings. Apartment building coverage is offered to any complex or building that houses seven or more families.
  • Rented Condo Insurance – When you own a condo that you rent to tenants, you need insurance to help fill in the gaps that the condo association insurance leaves behind. This is a type of landlord insurance that is done on a case-by-case basis to make sure the coverage is just right.
  • Student Rental Unit Insurance – If you rent rooms to students, then you need insurance to protect your investment. The rules you make regarding residency in your building have a significant effect on your insurance rates.
  • AirBnB Rentals – Offering short-term rental properties through the AirBnB app can be a great way to make extra money, but it can become costly if you don’t have the right insurance. It takes a special type of insurance to adequately protect your property in this very unique situation. This type of insurance can also be used to protect landlords who own properties out-of-town, landlords who take boarders in their own homes, and people who rent out seasonal properties.

Taking on tenants increases your risk for financial loss, and you need the right insurance to offset that risk. Be sure to discuss your specific needs with your broker to make sure that you get the insurance that fits your specific situation.

Do Your Tenants a Favour

Your landlord insurance does not cover the possessions and belongings of your tenants or provide them with liability coverage, so it would be good advice to suggest they consider tenant’s insurance. If their furniture, clothes, TVs, computers and other belongings are ruined by fire or water damage they caused or another uninsured tenant caused, your insurance does not cover them. When your tenants start adding up the value of their possessions, they might want to look into getting their own renter’s insurance.

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