I regularly find that landlords object to taking out Landlord insurance on their investment properties as they see it as an additional unnecessary expense and they don’t see the benefit in it. But like all insurance, it is very important to have it and not need it, rather than need it when you don’t have it.
This article is part of a series outlining the most important facets of preparing your investment property.
The 9 most important steps are:
- Arrange A Bond Clean by A Professional
- Water Compliance
- Smoke Alarm Compliance
- Pool Safety Compliance
- General Maintenance and Repairs
- Gardening – Clean Up and Tidy Up
- Landlord Insurance
- Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control
- Have Photos Taken
In this issue we cover: Landlord insurance
Now we all like to believe we live in a perfect world and that we will have perfect tenants and nothing unfortunate will happen to the rental property. But given all the things that can go wrong, is it really a risk you are willing to take?
The fact is landlord insurance can make all the difference to the financial success of your investment property.
Landlord Insurance covers you for all tenant-related losses, such as loss of rent when a tenant breaks their lease or suffers financial hardship, or damage caused to your contents by tenants, or damage by pets. Very often, the bond won’t be enough to cover these costs and building insurance won’t cover these issues.
Landlord insurance building cover protects against loss or damage caused by tenants to fixtures and fittings and contents cover protects you against damage to carpets, electrical appliances, curtains and light fittings.
When choosing your landlord insurance policy, you must carefully consider what is included and excluded and the excesses payable at each event.
When comparing companies, you should ensure they protect you from:
1.Loss of rental income due to:
- Absconding tenant
- Defaulting tenant
- Failure to give vacant possession
- Death of a tenant
- Untenantable property
- Prevention of access
- Rent reduction
2.Damage to contents such as:
- light fittings
3.Events such as:
- Storm or rainwater
- Escape of liquid
- Fire or explosion
- Break-in vandalism or theft
- Pet damage
- Glass breakage
- Oil leakage from any heater
- Electric motor burnout
- Riot or civil commotion
4.Loss or damage to the building :
- Tenant Damage
- Pet damage
You should always read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and ensure you understand what is covered and what is not covered and the excess that may be payable for each event. The cheapest insurance may not always provide the best value for money as they may have higher excesses and don’t cover everything.
As Landlord Insurance is a tax-deductible expense and relatively inexpensive, I believe it is a vital part of preparing your property for rent, as you will have the peace of mind that your investment is protected against significant losses.
We have experience with a few different insurers and although we have no preference, the majority of our clients currently use Terri Scheer as they specialise in Landlord insurance and pay out 99% of claims.
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