What is Property Owners' Liability?
The Property Owners’ Liability Insurance protects landlords and property owners in respect of claims made against them in respect of their legal liability for personal injury or property damage suffered by third parties and arising from the policyholder’s ownership of the property.
Why do I need it?
As a property owner you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your property is well maintained and does not present unnecessary risks of injury or property damage to either tenants, visitors to the premises or members of the public outside the building. For example if a third party, such as a postman or delivery person, were to trip on your path due to a loose paving slab, you could be held liable for compensation.
What level of cover do I need for Property Owners’ Liability Insurance?
Each landlord policy will have a limit of indemnity. This is the maximum amount that the insurance company will pay in respect of any one claim. Generally policies will include legal costs associated with the defence of any claim in addition to this limit, but in some cases the maximum limit payable includes these costs.
It’s your decision, based upon your own circumstances and your assessment of your needs, that determines what limit of indemnity you require under the policy. Common limits are £1m, £2m and £5m, although other limits are available upon request.
What will Property Owners’ Liability Insurance cover me for?
Property Owners’ Liability Insurance will enable you to meet any costs and damages awarded to a member of the public if they suffer an injury following an accident on, or linked to, your premises. This includes costs of hospital treatment and ambulance costs claimed by the NHS.
How do I buy Property Owners’ Liability cover?
Choosing the right cover means less stress, upset and hassle for both you and your tenants. Make sure you’re properly protected with landlord insurance.
|Type of cover||What is covered|
|Buildings||If your property is damaged and has to be repaired or rebuilt due to an insured event such as vandalism or storms.|
|Landlord’s Contents||Household items that you have provided for your tenants, such as soft furnishings or appliances, if they are damaged or destroyed by an insured event.|
|Loss of Rent||Your cash flow is protected if after an insured event such as a flood or fire, your tenants stop paying rent or have to move out. If your tenants do have to move out, the costs of arranging alternative accommodation on their behalf is also covered.|
|Accidental Damage||Accidental damage to the building and its fixtures and fittings. For example, if you or your tenants accidentally smash a window or drop something and crack a sink.|
|Subsidence, Landslip and Heave||Damage to your property as a result of a movement in the ground supporting your property.|
|Employers' Liability||You are protected if an employee is injured or dies as a result of your negligence.
|Legal Expenses||Your legal expenses in proceedings, such as contract disputes, debt recovery and evicting squatters.
Accidental Damage is not available for contents cover.
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*Online policy is underwritten by RSA Insurance Group.
Please check you have all the cover you need by reading the policy documentation carefully (this will be provided during the quote process).
If you are unsure or the cover you need, or have more than 5 properties or complex requirements, call on:
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Whether you ask for a landlord insurance quote online (1-5 properties), need advice or have complex requirements (6+ properties), you'll need the following details to hand:
Standard home insurance won't cover the extra risks you face as a landlord. For example, if a tenant is injured by a falling roof tile at your property or if a flood means your tenants have to move out for a while at your expense.
Please check you have all the cover you need by reading the policy documentation carefully (this will be provided during the quoting process).