This guide will explain what landlords liability insurance does for landlords and why landlords need this type of insurance when they’re running a business. Considering there are 4,000 deaths and 2.7 million hospital admissions every year in the UK because of accidents at home, you could be a fault some day.
Liability insurance is included as part of your landlord insurance policy and it’s there to protect you personally against any court claims or damages made against you or your business.
If a tenant or a visitor of your insured property injures themselves, they can make a claim on your landlord insurance policy. The policy will also cover the tenant’s possessions if they are a fire and they are damaged.
You never know what could happen, remember you're working around other people and that’s who you need to watch out for. It can be stressful when you have no insurance and folk want to claim you personally, it can sometimes bankrupt you in certain circumstances.
Always take a level of liability insurance out because it’s the heart of keeping any safe business in today’s world.
Liability insurance is not that expensive, the cost will depend on the company you take a policy out with. It is affordable and well worth having the policy on place.
The standard landlord liability insurance policy starts at £2 million up to £10 million, but this can be altered depending on the size and the riskier your business. Commercial properties can have anything from £10 million and up to £50 million and higher.
Apart from liability cover, you can include buildings and contents insurance for added protection. You can also have a look at loss of rent insurance and home emergency landlord insurance, which covers broken down, must haves around the home, like boilers and damaged doors and locks.
This will depend yet again, if you have employees who actually work for your business taking care of things that go wrong, a handyman, you need employee liability insurance to cover them.
You may also need commercial vehicle insurance if you have a van for property maintenance.
If you do need a policy for your letting business, you can get the help you need straight from UK Landlord Insurance.com’s free comparison tool, which is provided by an FCA regulated company.