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

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It naturally follows that Palatine property owners need good insurance to shield their real estate investments. Nevertheless, there are numerous insurance types, each with its own coverages and limits. This can make it difficult to determine which insurance you need. Here are just a few examples of what is available: landlord or investor insurance, landlord liability, umbrella, and flood insurance. Understanding the functions served by each type of insurance can help you determine the best type and amount of coverage to use to protect the assets associated with your rental property since various types of insurance are made to protect various things. 

Landlord Insurance 

Landlord insurance is one of the most crucial types of insurance that property owners demand. The protection of investment property is provided by landlord or investment property insurance, not by homeowner’s insurance. This insurance covers the rental property and typically includes exterior elements like sheds or fences. The majority of Palatine property managers mandate that their tenants purchase their own renter’s insurance policy, as well as occasionally tenant liability insurance, because landlord insurance does not cover your tenant or your tenant’s personal property. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is additional essential insurance you ought to be aware of. Despite being distinct from insurance for an investment property, landlord liability insurance is frequently covered by policies. This is because this kind of insurance covers liabilities in the event of an injury as well as losses related to damage, theft, or vandalism committed by tenants or their visitors. The objective of landlord liability insurance is to preserve and protect your investment and the rental property. 

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. 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 in the event that 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’s crucial to remember that a flood-related loss to your rental property is typically not covered by insurance, not even an umbrella policy. Flood insurance is typically sold as a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for different reasons. This kind of insurance usually covers the actual cash value (not the cost to replace) of the home’s physical structure and, if applicable, a detached garage. Despite Palatine 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. Regularly, flooding damages and destroys homes, whether caused by a burst pipe or an unusually heavy downpour. 

With several different types of insurance, it is essential to carefully examine your coverage amounts to make sure that you are not paying for insurance you do not need and that the insurance you have provides adequate 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. At Real Property Management Northwest Chicago Suburbs, we can advise you on the best insurance coverage to use to safeguard your valuable assets and financial stability. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 847-737-4800.                          

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