If you own an investment property and rent it out to tenants, then it makes sense that you would protect your asset with a landlord insurance policy.
What is landlord insurance?
Landlord insurance is cover that protects landlords from risks associated with their rental property. Being a landlord can be an expensive business, and if you don’t have adequate cover in place, it could end up costing you a considerable amount to put things right if something went wrong. Our investment property insurance covers properties that are rented to families or professionals where a tenancy agreement should be in place.
Get a landlord insurance quote online and select 'investment property' when asked 'how is the property occupied'.
Is it compulsory?
Landlords' insurance isn't compulsory, but some lenders make it a requirement of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage. Building’s insurance is one of the main types of cover that a landlord will need. It is important because it protects the building in the event of a fire, flood or subsidence and covers the rebuilding costs of the property. Landlord insurance covers the home itself, as well as the landlord’s fixtures and fittings on or in the home, walls, gates, fences, hedges, terraces, patios, drives and paths that are listed in the landlord insurance policy.
What does landlord insurance cover?
A landlord insurance policy should include a number of features to cover your rental property investment, such as buildings insurance and financial protection against loss of rent (subject to policy limit). Contents insurance should be considered, especially if your rental property is furnished. This will protect furniture and electrical items from theft or damage. With Zurich you can tailor your landlord insurance policy to your own requirements to include the type of cover you need for your rental property.
Landlord insurance tips and tools
Before you take out landlord insurance you’ll need to know the rebuild cost of your investment property. The Society of Chartered Surveyors provide a guide to give you an indication of the rebuilding cost of your house. If the rental property is in an apartment building, the building insurance should be covered by the annual management fees. However, always ask for a copy of the policy document to see if it is adequate. It might be necessary to take out additional coverage for contents.