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The Advantages Of Landlord Insurance Services When Renting Out Properties To Tenants

Author : James JR Robinson

Many people will be familiar with the idea of insurance. It is the idea of paying money in advance to a company that promises to pay out a much larger amount in the event of a situation that will cause loss. The money paid out could be small monthly amounts, as is usually the case with motor insurance, life insurance or home insurance. Or it could be a modest single premium payment, as in the case of travel insurance, when a payment is made before a holiday or another type of journey. There are a number of different services that can be described as landlord insurance, and relate to the letting out of residential properties to tenants, and some of these insurance services will be described in this article.

The aim of the different insurance services included under the banner of landlord insurance is to protect the interests of landlords who rent out residential properties to tenants. It is important for landlords to consider such insurance. This is because if something goes wrong with a rental arrangement with a tenant, it could cost the landlord many thousands of pounds. So having such insurance can give landlords considerable peace of mind. This is because they will have considered what could go wrong and taken steps to ensure that they are protected in case something does go wrong with the arrangement with the tenant in the property that they own.

One important type of landlord insurance is building and contents insurance. There are specialist insurance policies that are tailored especially for landlords, and the risks are different to those faced by normal home owners who live in the property themselves. Many standard home and contents insurance policies do not cover properties that have been let to tenants. Such policies would therefore be invalid if something happened and a claim needed to be made.

Rent and legal protection is another type of landlord insurance that is available. Sometimes a tenant cannot pay the rent or there is a dispute regarding the property and they stop paying the rent. This can be devastating for the landlord who still has to pay the mortgage on the property. There are insurance firms that will pay the landlord the rent, whatever happens with the tenants. These firms will also provide cover to take care of legal costs if the tenant needs to be evicted.

Tenant referencing is a service offered by firms that specialise in landlord insurance. This is a valuable service, as problem tenants can be a terrible drain on the resources of landlords. However, good tenants can provide many years of income and the property being looked after properly. The kind of checks would include financial referencing, investigating their employment and looking into previous renting situations that the prospective tenant has been involved in.

Hopefully the above article shows that the services that are included in landlord insurance are important considerations for anyone considering having tenants in their property.

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