What does landlord rent guarantee insurance cover?
Rent guarantee insurance covers the monthly rental payment if your tenant doesn’t pay. All policies differ, but if you buy through us you get:
- Up to £50,000, with no monthly rental limit
- Lost rent for up to 12 months
- Up to £50,000 towards legal expenses
It's important to note, rent guarantee insurance covers a single tenancy at 1 property. If you manage multiple tenants or have several properties in your portfolio, you need to have a rent guarantee insurance policy for each of them to stay protected.
Because rent guarantee covers the property not the tenant, if you have new tenants move in, you should still be covered. The new tenants need to have passed the usual checks and there needs to be a new tenancy agreement in place for the cover to remain valid.
You can only get tenant default insurance alongside legal expenses insurance when you compare quotes with us. Legal expenses insurance covers:
- Repossession of the property
- Eviction of tenants
- Recovery of rent arrears
- Access to legal advice
Along with legal expenses cover, you also need to have property owners’ liability insurance when you get landlord rent guarantee insurance.
Property owners’ liability insurance provides cover if a tenant or visitor seeks compensation for injury, or for damage to their possessions, at your rental property. You can choose between £2 million and £5 million of property owners’ liability cover.
What's not covered by rent guarantee insurance?
There’s certain things that rent guarantee insurance doesn't cover:
- Commercial properties
- Selling the property
- Certain types of tenant, such as students or the unemployed
- Contract disputes
- Tenants moving out
- When you start the policy
- Tenants in arrears
- More than one tenancy agreement
Commercial properties, like offices or places of work, aren't covered by rent guarantee insurance. Buf if you select commercial insurance when you get a quote, you can add rental income protection to your policy.
Selling the property means your rent guarantee insurance payments stop. The insurance stops when you put the property on the market, since there isn't any rent that's meant to be coming in.
Certain types of tenant, such as students or the unemployed, are often not covered by rent guarantee insurance as they’re viewed as being at higher risk of defaulting.
Contract disputes might not be included in the cover for legal expenses.
Tenants moving out means the landlord rent guarantee insurance payouts end. This includes if the tenants leave voluntarily or are evicted. You aren't covered while you find a new tenant.
When you start the policy could affect when you can claim. If you got rent guarantee insurance before the tenancy agreement was signed, you’re usually unable to claim on the policy for 90 days. This varies between providers, so check before you buy.
Tenants in arrears isn't covered by rent guarantee insurance. When your tenants fall into arrears, you usually have around 60 days to make a claim on an existing rent guarantee insurance policy. You can't buy a policy to cover an issue that's already happening.
More than one tenancy agreement at a single property won't be covered either. If you have multiple tenant agreements, you need a separate rent guarantee insurance policy for each tenancy to stay covered.
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