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How to Choose the Right Insurance for Your Rental Property

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Allen Brown
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Many people are choosing to rent houses or apartments instead of buying a property. This is because owning a home can be quite expensive with mortgage payments, property taxes, and maintenance costs. This means that there’s a high demand for renting properties, which many homeowners could benefit from.

If you own a property that you want to rent out, you have to consider insurance coverage options. It might be a bit confusing at first because there are many options to choose from. You first have to decide the type of property you own and learn about the insurance options. Here are a few tips on how to pick the right insurance for your rental property.

Homeowners Insurance

First, you have to decide what kind of property you want to rent out to tenants. If you’re living in a house and want to rent a room or two, you probably have or should be buying homeowners insurance. This type of insurance covers your entire home with additional structures like a fence or an exterior garage. It also protects your personal property like furniture, clothes, and electrical appliances. There is liability coverage included in the policy that insures anyone staying on your property if they were injured. This type of policy is suitable if you’re renting your property for short periods of time. The policy covers damage from risks like robberies, fires, or natural disasters like tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.

Landlord Insurance

The second type of policy is landlord insurance. It’s a bit more expensive than homeowners insurance, but it includes reimbursements for renter liability and income losses if your property was damaged. This type of investment property insurance  is for properties you consistently rent out to people, whether long-term or short-term. Liability coverage is a little different in this type. It covers the tenant’s medical and legal bills in case they were injured on your property and you were held accountable for their injuries. Under this policy, your property is also insured in case of natural disasters, accidents, and robbery, among others. Another advantage is providing compensation for income losses if your tenants were forced to leave your property due to property damage from disasters. 

Renters Insurance

As a landlord, you can add renters’ insurance to your policy. This type entails insurance coverage to the renter’s personal belongings. While the property is insured under either landlord or homeowners insurance, your tenant’s possessions are not covered.  Renters’ insurance covers anything like clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, and other personal properties. In case of any damage that makes the property uninhabitable, this policy can pay for the costs of moving your tenant to another place until you finish repairing your property.

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As you venture into adult life and take on more and more responsibilities, it only makes sense that you secure yourself and your family. There are various coverage options to consider when choosing an insurance plan. Consider the risks included in the coverage, and be sure to select the most inclusive one. If you are not sure, check with the company which kind of insurance would best fit your property.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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