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Matt Hands, Business Director, Insurance
Do you own a rental property or income property? Do you consider yourself a landlord? If so, there's special home insurance you'll need to purchase. It protects more than just your home and property from damage or liability, but also your stream of rental income.
Rental income property insurance, or landlord insurance, is designed for these kinds of homes. If you own this type of property, you’ll want to have this insurance in order to protect yourself.
Landlord insurance coverage types
Rental income property insurance is similar to traditional home insurance in many respects. To begin, it includes the same basic coverages, such as:
Loss of rental income
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Extended contents insurance
Non-payment of rent
Much like a typical home insurance policy, there are a number of situations where you can't make a claim. These include:
- General wear and tear.
- Damaged caused by termites, insects, or rodents.
- Damage cause by earth movements, such as landslides (unless you buy the extra coverage).
- Vandalism (some policies allow to you add this coverage).
- Any damage or destruction due to an intentional or criminal act.
Credit check required?
No, but it can help you save on landlord insurance. A high credit score signifies fewer claims and insurers may reduce premiums.
How much does landlord insurance cost?
The average cost of landlord insurance is about $900/year for a house and $400/year for a condo/apartment. The cost changes for owner-occupied, or a commercial property.
Ratehub.ca Pro Tip
Most insurers won't give you landlord insurance without first knowing your tenants have insurance.
Adding a prerequisite for tenant insurance on your lease agreement is a smart move for both the landlord and the tenant. Renters insurance protects their contents, third-party liability if someone injures themselves in their unit, and additional living expenses. Additional living expenses pay for them to live elsewhere following an insured loss until you can repair their unit.
- It benefits the landlord in many ways, including:
- Tenant insurance can pay your deductible if your renters are responsible for any damage to your building.
- Landlord insurance doesn't pay for tenants' belongings, only their own policy covers their stuff.
- Avoid costly legal fees if a tenant pursues you for something they feel is your problem. With tenant's insurance, there's no need to go after the landlord.
- By requiring renters insurance, you can get a discount from your insurer from the reduced risk.
- It's affordable peace of mind for your tenant at an average of $12-$20.
Read more on our blog: Should my tenants have renters insurance
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Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF where he honed his marketing and analytical skills for over 3 years. Matt then took his wealth of experience to Ratehub.ca’s Toronto offices, working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance business unit. He is a thought leader in the community and a valuable insurance resource to respected publications like the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.
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