What's landlords insurance and do I need to consider it?

Specific protection for your rental properties

As a landlord, you will need a particular type of insurance for properties you rent out to tenants. This cover usually includes the same type of protection as your usual house insurance, such as cover for buildings and contents in the event of a range of circumstances.

However, you need certain extra cover as a landlord, including for:

  • Non payment of rent
  • Damage to your property (by the tenant)
  • Loss of earnings/rehousing costs if the tenants have to move out (following an insured event)
  • Liability for accidents in your property causing injury

Do I need landlord insurance instead of regular house insurance?

If you’re the owner of a property that you want to rent out there’s currently no legal requirement which states that you must have insurance. However, if you have a buy-to-let mortgage on your property, your lender may specify that you must have insurance in place.

We recommend that you consider a policy which has been designed for landlords. A standard home buildings or contents policy won’t consider the potential risks that landlords face, such as loss of rent and accommodation costs, should your tenants have to move out after an insured event, or cover for your liability as a landlord.  

You can get cover for multiple properties, which can often work out cheaper if you have a portfolio.

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