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Late night calls to fix the shower, or Sunday afternoon visits to repair the fence, are part and parcel of being a landlord.
Although annoying, such repairs can be dealt with quickly and easily. Sadly, a call from panicked tenants telling you about more serious damage is also a risk that comes with being a landlord.
Thankfully, landlord insurance covers the main reasons that you’re likely to need to claim. Having specialist landlord insurance is not needed by law, but your ‘buy to let’ mortgage provider may insist on it so you can prove your property is protected.
Thanks to popular TV shows about nightmare tenants, you’d be forgiven for thinking that landlords claim on their insurance because of the accidental damage that badly-behaved tenants can cause. In fact, the most popular reasons for claiming are much less in our control.
We all know that prevention is better than cure, and this is the case for maintaining your property too. Even if your tenants take good care of your house, it’s worth arranging regular visits to the property to keep on top of any jobs that will help avoid unnecessary damage.
Make sure you’ve got the right landlord insurance in place – as well as getting your property back to normal after a claim, having insurance can also make life less stressful for you and your tenants. Cover such as ‘loss of rent’ protects your income as well as your property. What would happen if your tenants had to move out and be re-housed because of an insured event? Well, your landlord policy would continue to give you a rental income as well as covering the costs of alternative accommodation for your tenants. Happy days.