What is landlord insurance?
Like home insurance, landlord insurance can cover your rental property and its contents against risks like storms, floods and fire. It can also cover the damage that tenants can cause to your contents – and even loss of rental income. Unlike some landlord policies, landlord insurance can cover holiday rentals and long-term rentals.
Who should consider it?
Without landlord insurance, you could lose your valuable investment if it’s damaged or destroyed.
You could also lose income from rent if you’re unable to rent it out during repairs, or if your tenants get evicted or break their lease.
What can it cover?
Landlord insurance can provide you with extensive protection if your investment property suffers loss or damage. And, unlike some other policies, landlord insurance automatically includes some additional benefits – and is flexible enough to cater for both short term and long term rentals.
Did you know?
2.6 million Australians own an investment property.
(CoreLogic, Profile of The Australian Residential Property Investor, 2016)
If damage means you can’t rent your property for a while, landlord insurance can cover you for loss of rent.
A landlord insurance policy can include cover for accidental damage, theft and malicious damage by tenants – as well as loss of rent if they leave without paying.
Coverage may include
The exact cover you can receive depends on the policy that you take out. But to give you an idea, here are some of the
benefits a landlord insurance policy may include:
|Automatic cover for flood and fire or explosion.||Automatic inflation adjustment if you need to make a buildings|
or contents claim.
|Liability cover of up to $20 million for injury or loss of life to a|
third party, or loss of a third party’s property on a building you
|Cover for loss or damage caused by tenants or their visitors|
|Automatic cover up to $10,000 for damage to landlord’s|
contents – like carpets, curtains, washing machines and
portable furniture – and the option to increase cover for
|Cover for loss or damage caused by electric motor burnout for|
appliances up to 15 years of age.
|Catastrophe cover up to an additional 15% of the building sum|
insured, for declared natural disasters.
|Tax audit cover (cover options of $2,000 or $5,000).|
|Optional cover for loss of rent or an absconding tenant.||Up to an additional 15% of the building’s total sum insured, to|
cover demolition and removal of debris, and architects and