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

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Cheney landlords need high-quality insurance to safeguard their real estate investments. However, there are numerous varieties of insurance, and each has unique coverage and limits. This can make it difficult to determine which insurance you need. Among the options available are landlord or investor insurance, landlord liability, umbrella, 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 essential types of insurance for owners of rental properties. Landlord or investment property insurance protects investment property, as opposed to homeowner’s insurance. This insurance covers the rental property and typically includes exterior elements like sheds or fences. Because landlord insurance does not support your tenant or your tenant’s personal property, most Cheney property managers require tenants to purchase their own renter’s insurance policy and sometimes tenant liability insurance. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is an additional essential insurance you ought to be aware of. Landlord liability insurance varies from investment property insurance but is typically part of the policy. This is because this kind of insurance pays for losses resulting from vandalism, theft, or damage committed by tenants or their visitors, as well as liability in the event of an injury. The objective of landlord liability insurance is to preserve and protect your investment and the rental property. 

Umbrella Insurance 

An umbrella policy is precisely what it sounds like: broad protection for a rental property that offers an additional layer of security for those who own real estate or work in a field that is subject to lawsuits. Given that being a landlord falls under both of these categories, it is essential to think about getting an umbrella policy to protect your assets if you are sued for damages that exceed the scope of your other insurance coverage. Additionally, these policies typically offer protection to the insured against loss of rent, damage to other properties, and injury brought on by third parties, such as a tenant. 

Flood Insurance 

It is worth noting that even an umbrella policy normally does not cover 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. The physical structure of the house and any detached garages, if any, are typically insured for their actual cash value rather than their replacement cost. Since their property is not situated in a “high-risk” area, many Cheney property owners believe they do not require flood insurance; however, in actuality, floods can and do occur anywhere and frequently happen without warning. Floods regularly damage and demolish homes, whether they are caused by a burst pipe or an unusually large amount of 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. But without trustworthy industry insiders on your team, determining whether you have the appropriate insurance coverage can be difficult. With the appropriate insurance coverage, Real Property Management Spokane County can aid you in deciding how to safeguard your valuable assets and financial stability. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 509-999-1987.                              

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