Landlord Insurance FAQs

Landlord Insurance Coverage

How Does Umbrella Insurance Work?

Umbrella insurance provides extra coverage in addition to what's covered by landlord’s insurance. For example, if a tenant has a party and one of their guests slips and falls, they could sue you. For this example, let’s say they win a $700,000 judgment against you. If your landlord insurance only covers $500,000, you’ll have to pay $200,000 out of your own pocket. Umbrella insurance covers the extra $200,000 not covered by your landlord policy.

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Landlord Insurance Cost & Coverage FAQs

What does landlord insurance cover, and how much does landlord insurance cost? This comprehensive FAQ guide has all the answers you need.

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Does homeowners insurance cover a rental property?

If you're renting out all or part of your home to generate incoming, insurance providers generally view this is as a business activity, which will not be covered under a traditional homeowners policy. Before you rent out your property to tenants, you'll want to ensure you're protected against property damage and personality liability claims.

Landlord insurance covers similar risks to those that homeowners insurance covers, but there are still some key differences. Many landlord insurance policies are all-risk policies that cover all types of property damage — except for those excluded by the policy. Exclusions are often limited to preventable losses, such as neglect or intentional property damage, and risks tied to location, such as earthquake or flood coverage.

What Does Landlord Insurance Not Cover?

When it comes to selecting the right type of insurance for your needs, you need to know what is covered and what these policies do not cover. The only way to know that for sure is to read the terms and conditions of the policy you are selecting. This can vary from one policy and one insurer to the next. Some of the most important exclusions to landlord insurance include the following:

- The tenant’s property – most policies do not cover the tenant’s property, and many landlords require or encourage renters to obtain their own policy for these items.
- The tenant’s car – the same applies here, as the tenant should seek out their own coverage
- Landlord insurance does not cover repairs to major systems
- It does not cover damage caused by the property owner, such as if a property owner causes damage to the rental itself
- It does not cover anything that stops working due to normal wear and tear or a lack of maintenance

Landlord Basics

What is Triple Net Lease (NNN)

A triple net lease (NNN) is a form of commercial real estate lease agreement in which the tenant is responsible for all ongoing expenses related to the property, including property taxes, insurance premiums, and common area maintenance (CAM).

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How Do You Calculate Depreciation on a Rental Property?

Depreciation is the process of allocating the cost of a rental property over its useful life for tax purposes. There are a number of ways to calculate this, the most common being the straight-line method.

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Can a Tenant Sue a Landlord for Unsafe Living Conditions?

It’s important for landlords to understand the regulations surrounding unsafe living conditions and to take steps to prevent them. Familiarizing yourself with the regulations in your state, performing regular inspections, taking care of any maintenance, and encouraging communication are all important steps you can take to prevent unsafe living conditions.

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Can a landlord tell a tenant how clean to keep the property?

As a landlord, it's important to be aware of the specific regulations in your state regarding the cleanliness of your rental properties. By understanding these regulations, setting clear expectations for tenants, and implementing some best practices, you can ensure that your rental properties are kept in a safe and clean condition. 

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The Best Property Management Companies for Landlords

Whether you’re new to owning a rental property or have owned multiple for years, using a self-serve property management platform has many advantages, such as managing tenant screening, maintenance requests, rent collection, accounting, and more.

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The Best Property Management Companies for Rentals

Whether you’re new to owning a rental property or have owned multiple for years, hiring a property management company has many advantages, such as managing tenant screening, maintenance requests, rent collection, and evictions.Here’s our list of the top 5 property management firms to help you get started.

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A Landlord’s Guide to Writing a Notice to Vacate

It’s time to say goodbye to your tenant for one reason or another. How do you make sure you give proper notice, avoid legal pitfalls, and protect your profits and property? This short guide gives a rock-solid understanding of the terminology, answers frequent questions, and provides a sample letter template that can help you build your own.

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5 Key Responsibilities Every Landlord Should Know

From warranty of habitability, to security deposits, to rent proration, and more - this guide helps you understand your responsibilities as a landlord. Click learn more to discover the five key responsibilities every landlord should know.

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11 Tips For New Landlords

From screening tenants, to respecting the laws in your state, to protecting yourself and more - check out these 11 tips for new landlords. Click learn more for an overview of a few essential items you should know before taking on your first tenant.

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Steadily Help

How to submit an insurance claim?

Our caring team is here to help make the Steadily claims process quick, easy, and simple. How you file a claim will depend on the type of insurance policy you have purchased through Steadily. To know which carrier wrote your policy, please refer to the policy documents that were issued at the time of your purchase.

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If you have a policy underwritten by a carrier that you purchased through Steadily, please call (888) 966-1611.

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