A Brief Introduction to Landlord Insurance
The insurance policy that provides protection to the investment of the landlord is termed as Landlords Insurance. This investment can be any building that is further given on rent for generation of income. The landlord can recover the loss by purchasing an insurance policy. The loss can be caused by any lawsuit or the loss of income by a tenant. All the losses are covered under insurance policy. The landlords are given compensation for any dispute related to legal fees if that landlord has purchased legal expenses as a part of the insurance coverage. The dispute can be between a tenant and a landlord. In case the property becomes inhabitable due to the damage caused to it, the costs of repair as well as the compensation to the landlord for the rental loss during the rebuilding can be recovered from the landlord insurance policy.
There are two types of insurance policies that a landlord can purchase – comprehensive policy and peril policy.
Peril policy – This policy covers only those specific losses that are stated as a covered peril in the policy. For instance, if there is a loss that has occurred due to power failure outside the building and is not listed in the policy, the landlord cannot claim its loss from the insurance company.
Comprehensive policy – It is also known as open peril policy which covers the losses those are not specifically mentioned. For instance, if there is any loss and the policy has not mentioned that particular loss specifically to be excluded, then a person can claim for the recovery of that loss from the insurance company.
There are various landlords insurance policies which include the coverage of the building and the damages caused by wind, hail, fire, smoke, lightening, explosion, damage from an aircraft, riot or civil commotion, damage by vehicles, emergency removal of property and fire department charges etc., but there are some of the insurance companies that limit the coverage to exteriors or interiors of the building which a person must evaluate very carefully before purchasing the policy.
As in the case of any other contracts, the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract of the landlords insurance policy must be read very carefully by any individual and signed carefully in order to avoid any kind of misunderstandings or inconvenience afterward during the claim of any loss incurred. A person should have a clear idea of the coverage of the losses being provided under that particular insurance policy.