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Asset Protection & Insurance: Is Your Staunton Rental Property Covered?

Filling Out Insurance Paperwork with a Model House in the ForefrontUnquestionably, Staunton property owners who rent out their properties need high-quality insurance to safeguard their real estate investments. However, there are numerous types of insurance, each with its own coverages and restrictions. This can make it extremely difficult to evaluate which insurance you need. A few examples include landlord or investor insurance, landlord liability insurance, umbrella insurance, and flood insurance. Since various sorts of insurance are designed to protect different things, understanding the purpose of each can help you determine how to protect the assets of your rental property with the appropriate type and amount of coverage. 

Landlord Insurance 

Landlord insurance is one of the most valuable types of insurance that rental property owners desire. Landlord or investment property insurance, as opposed to homeowner’s insurance, covers investment property. This insurance typically covers the rental home as well as exterior features like sheds and fences. Because landlord insurance does not cover your tenant or your tenant’s personal property, the majority of Staunton property managers mandate that their tenants buy their own renter’s insurance policy, as well as tenant liability insurance whenever applicable. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is additional vital insurance you ought to be aware of. Although it is not the same as investment property insurance, landlord liability insurance is frequently covered by the policy. This is so that losses from damage, theft, or vandalism committed by tenants or their visitors are covered, as well as liability in the event of an injury. The primary aim of landlord liability insurance is to preserve your rental property and the financial aspects of your investment. 

Umbrella Insurance 

An umbrella policy is exactly what the name implies: wide coverage for a rental property that supplies an additional layer of protection for people who own property or have a lawsuit-prone occupation. As a landlord, you fall under both of these categories, so you should consider getting an umbrella policy to protect your assets in the event that you are sued for more than your other insurance policies will cover. In addition, these policies generally defend the insured against loss of rent, destruction to other people’s property, and injuries caused by third parties, such as a tenant. 

Flood Insurance 

Even an umbrella policy does not normally include flood-related losses to rental property. Flood insurance is typically provided as a separate policy that must be bought through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for a variety of reasons. This kind of insurance typically covers the home’s physical structure as well as any detached garages for their actual cash value (rather than their replacement cost). Since their property is not situated in a “high-risk” area, many Staunton property owners believe they do not require flood insurance; however, in actuality, floods can and do occur anywhere and frequently happen without warning. Floods frequently cause home destruction and damage, whether they are caused by burst pipes or unusually heavy rain. 

With so many different kinds of insurance available, it’s crucial to carefully consider your coverage amounts to both make sure you aren’t paying for insurance you don’t need and that the insurance you do have offers the right level of protection. Nevertheless, unless you have dependable industry experts on your team, determining whether you have the appropriate insurance coverage can be difficult. With the appropriate insurance coverage, Real Property Management Summit can aid you in deciding how to safeguard your valuable assets and financial stability. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 540-315-8090.                              

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