Welcome to the age of renters in the United States.
With millennials waiting longer to purchase their first home, and others still recovering from the housing crisis, more people in the United States are now renting than at any other period since 1965.
This can be good news if you own and operate a rental property.
If you own a long-term rental property or a vacation home rental, we hope you find this article helpful.
Understanding homeowners insurance is tough enough, let alone understanding the differences between types of homeowners insurance policies and which one will work best for you.
Types Of Rental Property Insurance Policies:
1 – Standard Homeowners Insurance
Standard homeowners insurance protects your home (dwelling) and personal property against damage or loss due to a covered claim.
It also provides liability coverage to protect you from legal repercussions in the event someone is injured in your home and pays out additional living expenses if your house is deemed unlivable.
Although having homeowners insurance is not a legal requirement in any state, if you finance your home through a bank or lender, you will be required you to show proof of insurance.
2 – Landlord Insurance
Landlord insurance offers all the same protections as a standard homeowners insurance policy, along with a few more things!
Landlord Insurance Also Covers:
Note: A landlords insurance policy typically costs about 25% more than a standard homeowners insurance policy, but the coverage is worth the added liability protection.
Things Not Covered Under a Landlord Insurance Policy:
If you own a rental property that is located in a flood, earthquake, or hurricane prone area, then we recommend you purchase the appropriate additional coverage that meets the needs of protecting your property and belongings.
For protection against floods, you will have to purchase a separate flood insurance policy.
The average cost of flood insurance is about $700 per year.
The price can vary greatly depending on where you live: low- or high-risk area.
As for earthquake insurance, check with your insurance agent to see if you have to purchase a separate policy or have the option of adding earthquake coverage to your current policy through an endorsement or rider.
The average cost of earthquake insurance is about $1.75 per $1,000 of total coverage.
Again, this can vary depending on your property’s location.
Concerning any damage caused by your tenant’s pet, you can file a claim against your tenant’s renter insurance policy to cover the loss.
When Do You Need Landlord Insurance?
Note: If you do not purchase landlord insurance and a claim is filed under your standard homeowners policy, it will most likely be denied because your property is being rented.
Landlord insurance policies typically cost 25% more than a standard policy, depending on where the property is located.
3 – Vacation Rental Insurance
It is recommended to get a vacation rental insurance policy for your property regardless if you rent it out or not.
This type of policy protects you during the different times of occupancy in your vacation home: self-occupy, occupied-renter, or unoccupied.
Vacation home insurance policies are more expensive than standard policies due to the home remaining unoccupied for longer periods of time.
The average cost for vacation rental insurance is about $2,500 per year.
The cost may be lower if you do not rent your vacation home and instead only use it for yourself.
If your condo is in a building or complex that already has a group policy, find out what is covered in that policy.
Typical condo-homeowners insurance policies only cover the interior of your condo and liability for the entire complex.
On average, condo insurance costs between $100 to $400 per year but can vary depending on how much coverage you purchase as well as the value of your personal possessions.
If you are a landlord, be aware that your policy only covers the property itself and possibly any furnishings you include in the rental agreement.
Your tenant’s personal property must be covered by their own renters insurance policy, something you could enforce by making it a condition of the rental lease.
The average cost of renter’s insurance is $150.
Homeowners Insurance In A Nutshell
We hope this article provided some insight into the complex world of homeowners insurance for the different types of rental properties.
We don’t want you to be underinsured or over-insured, and we bet you don’t either.
As you can see, purchasing the right homeowner’s insurance policy can be a challenge.
That’s why we did the homework for you.
If you want to find out more about the different carriers offering these and other types of property insurance, take a look at our Top Ten Homeowners Insurance Companies and become better informed about your options.*While we make every effort to keep our site updated, please be aware that "timely" information on this page, such as quote estimates, or pertinent details about companies, may only be accurate as of its last edit day. Huntley Wealth & Insurance Services and its representatives do not give legal or tax advice. Please consult your own legal or tax adviser.