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Let Property Insurance

Getting the most appropriate cover for your let property

To understand how you might get the most appropriate cover for your let property, it might be helpful to recap the difference between buy to let insurance and standard home insurance.

What is the difference between an owner-occupied mortgage and a buy to let mortgage?

Quite simply, properties that have been bought to let are quite different to those occupied by their owner.

An owner occupier’s mortgage is designed for individuals who intend to live in the property they are purchasing. It is a personal residence loan tailored to homeowners who plan to occupy the premises themselves.

A buy-to-let mortgage caters to individuals investing in property with the intention of letting it out. It’s a financial tool for those seeking rental income and long-term property appreciation.

Landlords insurance

The distinction in the use of the property carries over into the type of insurance that is needed.

If the property is going to be occupied by tenants and you are earning an income from the rent they pay, purpose designed landlord or buy to let insurance is required. Not only is standard home insurance insufficient, but if you rely upon it for a let property, any claim may be rejected by your insurer.

In recognition of this critical distinction, here at Cover4LetProperty we have developed a special expertise in the provision of the insurance needed by landlords.

Making the most of the landlord’s insurance you buy

When arranging any kind of insurance, the most critical consideration is securing the cover you actually need, given your particular circumstances and requirements.

Just as it is important to get the cover you need, it is equally important to avoid paying for cover that you do not need – paying too much for your landlord insurance ultimately affects the bottom line of your buy to let business by unnecessarily inflating your operating costs.

The appropriate cover, therefore, is the insurance that delivers the protection demanded by your individual circumstances as a landlord – at a competitively rated price:

Building insurance

  • central to your buy to let business, of course, is the property itself;
  • this needs to reflect a worst case scenario in which the building is completely destroyed, a total loss, and the area needs to be cleared, surveyors and other legal professionals employed and, the property being rebuilt from the ground up;
  • reconstruction costs are clearly quite different to the price you may have paid for the property or even its current market value – a helpful calculator for computing changes in rebuilding costs is published by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS);

Contents insurance

  • there may be considerable variation in the amount and value of landlord-owned contents in any let property, such as in communal areas;
  • the total contents sum insured clearly needs to reflect these values accurately if you are to find the most appropriate cover for your let property;

Malicious damage

  • it is a sad reflection on the type of business you may be in, but some tenants may be guilty of causing malicious damage either to the building itself or to the contents you own;
  • relatively few insurers extend cover to include the risk of malicious damage, so you might want to single out those policies which do (the good news is that we do offer this cover as standard);

Public liability

  • public liability cover, property owners’ liability or landlord’s liability indemnity is especially important in the case of let property;
  • if one of your tenants, one of their visitors, or a member of the public suffers an injury or has their property damaged, they may hold you liable as the property owner;
  • claims of this nature may be very substantial indeed and if you want the most appropriate cover for your let property, it is by no means unusual to seek cover for at least £2 million;

Loss of rental income

  • as a landlord, you are running a business;
  • if your let property becomes uninhabitable following a major insured event, the rents which form your business income stream are disrupted;
  • landlord insurance, therefore, typically offers an element of compensation for any such loss of rental income;

Property portfolios

  • the business you are running might involve not just one, but a whole portfolio of investment properties which you are letting to tenants;
  • in that case, you might want to consider whether the more appropriate form of insurance is one that extends protection to your entire portfolio via property portfolio insurance, rather than cover for each residential unit separately;
  • with an umbrella policy such as this – covering your entire portfolio of properties – you are likely to enjoy substantial discounts on your overall insurance premiums.

Getting the most appropriate insurance cover for your let property is therefore worth more than a second thought and something which you might prefer to entrust to a specialist insurance provider. At Cover4LetProperty we will be delighted to help you find the most appropriate let property insurance, either via our online landlord insurance quote system or via the telephone on 01702 606 301.

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