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Landlord insurance in New York
New York has strict landlord-tenant laws that tend to benefit the tenant more than the landlord. There is a rent control law in place, and the eviction periods can take a long time (1-5 months). However, New York can be a lucrative rental market, and there is a high demand for rentals, with 67% of the people renting over ownership.
As a landlord in New York, it’s important to get protected by landlord insurance to prepare for the unexpected. The state is known for its competitive and expensive real estate market. Thankfully, New York doesn’t experience as many natural disasters as other states in the nation. However, getting landlord insurance will protect you from certain liabilities, such as a tenant slipping on your stairs.
Landlord insurance (also known as rental insurance) is a policy for people who rent their homes to others. Landlord insurance is not required for a landlord, but insurance can bring many benefits:
Because of modern safety codes, fires have become rarer, but the fires that do start tend to cause total destruction of the property.
Broken pipes and appliance leaks are the most common and overall the most expensive property damage for rental properties.
Windstorm, hail, & lightning
Roof damage from storms has become increasingly common as the intensity and frequency of storms have increased over the last two decades.
Liability protection covers the cost of defending you and settling claims from tenants and their guests for injuries sustained on your property.
Riot and civil commotion
When violent protests break out, riot coverage can pay to fix property damage caused by looters and protestors.
Vandalism & theft
Malicious mischief coverage, as it’s known, covers repairs to broken glass, graffiti removal, and replacement of stolen or damaged property like shared washing machines.
Injury protection can keep you from getting stuck with the cost of medical bills if a tenant or visitor gets injured on the property.
Many policies also include coverage for a long list of other perils such as riots or civil commotion, explosions, volcanic eruptions, and damage caused by vehicles.
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