Our Landlord Contents Insurance is there to make sure that the contents of your rental property are protected against unexpected risk.
We provide full and limited contents cover for landlords to help you select a policy that suits your needs. Our policies pay out on a new-for-old basis following loss or damage, so you can rest assured you won’t be left out of pocket if you need to make a claim.
We’ve got over 25 years’ experience in creating bespoke products to suit landlords’ insurance needs, so you can trust us to provide you with a policy that will help to safeguard your contents and give you added peace of mind.
What is Landlord Contents Insurance?
Do I need Landlord Contents Insurance?
If you rent out a furnished or part-furnished property, you may want to consider landlord contents insurance to protect you from the unexpected. From fires, floods and theft to accidental or malicious damage, a variety of problems could arise that leave you significantly out of pocket. Having a suitable insurance policy in place means the cost of any repairs or replacements can be covered after an insured event.
Can I use regular Home Contents Insurance as a landlord?
It’s important to be aware that regular home contents insurance is not suitable for rental properties. This is because of the additional risks associated with letting a residential property - for example the danger that tenants will cause malicious damage or cover for your liability as a landlord. So, when you’re searching for appropriate cover, make sure you consider a policy that’s specifically created for landlords. We detail more about the differences between landlords and home contents insurance in our landlord tips page.
What does Landlord Contents Insurance cover?
At HomeLet, we offer two types of contents cover for landlords. They are:
Full Contents Insurance
This includes comprehensive cover for any furniture, fixtures and garden items that you provide with your property. It also comes with automatic cover for bathroom sanitary ware and kitchen fixtures and fittings where the insured property is owned on a leasehold basis. You can select the cover level, which starts from £10,000 and includes:
- Cover for carpets, curtains, sun blinds, light fittings, furniture such as beds, wardrobes, sofas, coffee tables and white goods
- New-for-old replacement of insured items
- Cover for contents if you temporarily remove them (up to 20% sum insured)
- Loss of rent or re-letting costs you may be faced with after insured damage (up to 30% sum insured)
- Full cover for properties left unoccupied for up to 90 consecutive days
- Emergency Assistance Insurance
- Legal liability as owner, occupiers legal liability, worldwide personal liability and public liability (up to £5,000,000)
- Employers liability (up to £10,000,000)
- Variable excess level
- The additional option to include cover for loss or damage caused by accidental damage or by malicious act of the tenant
To give you further reassurance, we offer optional extras for this policy, you can include cover for accidental damage including malicious damage by the tenant. We also provide a boiler and heating option extension to the emergency assistance cover, which gives protection for emergencies arising from the sudden and unexpected breakdown or damage to boilers and heating systems.
Limited Contents Insurance
Our limited contents policy provides up to a maximum of £5,000 of cover for the costs of repair or replacement of carpets, blinds, curtains, white goods and light fittings. When compared to our Full Contents Insurance Policy it does not include:
- Any other domestic furniture and furnishings belonging to the landlord
- Emergency Assistance Insurance
- Cover for kitchen fixtures and fittings and bathroom sanitaryware (for leasehold properties)
- Variable excess levels
- The additional option to include cover for loss or damage caused by accidental damage including malicious act of the tenant
Both of our policies offer cover on a new for old basis following loss or damage caused by storms, fire, flooding, oil leakage, escape of water, lightning, aircraft, collisions or impacts, explosions, falling trees and earthquake, subsidence, heave, theft by forcible means, and riots/civil commotion.
As well as compensating you for the replacement or repair of insured items, these contents insurance policies will cover your loss of rent and re-letting costs, or costs of alternative accommodation, up to 30% of the contents sum insured, if the property also become uninhabitable due to the insured damage. Additionally, these policies provide full cover for properties that are unoccupied for up to 90 consecutive days, which can be especially important if there are breaks in the occupancy of your property.
As an added benefit, your items are covered for up to 20% of the contents sum insured while they are temporarily removed from your property for repair, cleaning or similar purposes. Also, these landlord contents insurance policies cover the loss of oil and metered water or gas, as well as the replacement of locks following key theft.
As a landlord, you have a responsibility to help ensure that your tenants and anyone who is employed to work on your property are as safe as possible. However, we appreciate that no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Something as seemingly insignificant as a loose piece of carpet can result in a potentially serious injury - and you may want to consider insurance to make sure that you’re covered just in case.
This is why our landlord contents insurance policies come with protection for your legal liability as a property owner up to £5 million. They also feature public liability protection up to £5 million and employers liability insurance up to £10 million.
This insurance covers the costs of litigation, solicitors’ fees and compensation if you find yourself subject to legal action.
What does Landlord Contents Insurance not cover?
Although our landlord contents insurance policies are designed to provide an impressive level of cover, there are things that they do not protect you against - and it’s important to be aware of these.
For instance, our policies don’t cover loss, destruction or damage caused by wear and tear, or that result from household removal. In addition, cover for theft, malicious acts, escape of water or oil and accidental damage are excluded if your rental property is left unoccupied for more than 90 days consecutively. Our policies also don’t cover the tenants’ personal possessions.
For further details on exclusions, please read our policy documents carefully. If you require any more information our friendly and helpful team are here to help answer any queries you may have.
What does Landlord Contents Insurance cost?
The cost of landlord contents insurance differs according to a number of factors, including size and type of property you have, it’s location and the level of cover you’re looking for. To get a quick quote today, simply complete our online form.
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Call our expert Landlord Contents Insurance team
If you’d like any further information, or information to help you find a suitable policy for you, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0800 035 8258.