If you’re a landlord with property to rent out, it’s important to look after your investment.
Use our simple guide to help you find out the key insurance covers a landlord needs.
Your property is your investment and your income, so you need insurance to protect you if something serious happens.
Landlord buildings insurance can cover costs to rebuild or repair the structure of your rental property – such as walls, floors, roof, fixtures and fittings - if it’s damaged or destroyed by events like fire, storm, flood or vandalism.
If you have a mortgage on the property, your lender may require you to hold buildings insurance as part of the contract.
Slips, trips and accidents can happen anywhere and if a tenant or visitor is injured on your property they could sue you for damages.
If you are found to be at fault because your property was not fully maintained you could be left with legal costs and compensation. Property Owners Liability cover will help cover these expenses.
If you have people working on your property e.g. a handy man, cleaner or gardener, you may need employers’ liability cover.
If someone working for you or on your property is injured and makes a claim, employers' liability will cover legal defence costs.
And if you are guilty of negligence for death or injury it provides cover for compensation claims.
Your tenants should have contents insurance for their own belongings, but if you are renting out your property fully or partly furnished then you will need landlords contents cover to protect your items if they are damaged, destroyed or stolen.
Landlord contents insurance provides cover for the furniture, carpets and furnishings and domestic white goods that you have provided as part of the contract.
Standard home insurance policies are unlikely to cover your contents if you rent out your property, so always check you have the right cover.
It’s a good idea to choose a landlord insurance policy that covers for loss of rent.
This will cover your lost rental income if your tenants can’t stay at your property after an insured event such as damage from a flood.
Some policies also cover the cost of alternative accommodation for your tenants if they have to move out of the property.
Accidents can happen in the home. If you or your tenants accidentally smash a window, drop something and crack a sink, put a foot through the ceiling or spill red wine on a carpet, you could be left with a hefty bill.
Accidental damage insurance can cover the cost of repairing or replacing your property or contents if they are broken or damaged.
It won’t cover gradual wear and tear over time, and it also doesn’t cover items belonging to your tenants.
How can Lloyds Bank help protect you
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