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

Filling Out Insurance Paperwork with a Model House in the ForefrontIt’s no secret that Catonsville landlords demand substantial insurance to preserve 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. There are many options available, including landlord or investor insurance, landlord liability, umbrella, and flood insurance, to name a few. Knowing what each type of insurance protects against can help you decide on the best type and amount of coverage to use to safeguard your rental property assets because multiple kinds of insurance are made to protect various things. 

Landlord Insurance 

Landlord insurance is one of the most crucial types of insurance that owners of rental properties require. The protection of investment property is provided by landlord or investment property insurance, not by homeowner’s insurance. This insurance usually includes exterior components like sheds or fences in addition to the rental home. Most Catonsville property managers require their tenants to buy their own renter’s insurance policy, as landlord insurance does not cover your tenant or your tenant’s personal property, and occasionally tenant liability insurance as well. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is another essential type of coverage you should be aware of. Even though it is not the same as investment property insurance, landlord liability insurance is usually covered by the policy. This is because this type of insurance covers losses associated with damage, theft, or vandalism caused by tenants or their guests, as well as liability in the event of 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 it sounds like: broad protection for a rental property that provides an extra layer of security for people who own real estate or work in a legally susceptible industry. Because being a landlord falls under both of these categories, it is important to consider getting an umbrella policy to protect your assets in the event that you are sued for damages that go beyond the scope of your other insurance coverage. Moreover, the insured is typically protected by these policies from losses in rent, harm from others, such as tenants, and damages to the property. 

Flood Insurance 

It’s important to keep in mind that most of the time, not even an umbrella policy, will protect you from flood-related losses to your rental property. Flood insurance is typically sold as a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for different reasons. Typically, this type of insurance covers the actual cash value (not the replacement cost) of the home’s physical structure and, if applicable, a detached garage. Despite Catonsville property owners’ misconception that because their property is not situated in a “high-risk” area thus they do not require flood insurance, floods can and do occur anywhere and frequently do so without prior notice. Floods usually cause home damage and destruction, whether they are caused by a burst pipe or an exceptionally large amount of rain. 

Given the numerous different types of insurance, it’s critical to check your coverage amounts meticulously to make sure you’re not paying for insurance you don’t need and that you have the right amount of coverage. If you don’t have dependable industry experts on your team, it can be difficult to determine whether you have the appropriate insurance coverage. Real Property Management Prime can assist you in choosing the appropriate insurance coverage to safeguard your valuable assets and financial stability. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 410-415-1736.                              

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