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

Filling Out Insurance Paperwork with a Model House in the ForefrontIt goes without saying that Portland landlords need high-quality insurance to safeguard their real estate investments. Meanwhile, there are many different insurance products, each with unique coverages and limits. This can make figuring out which insurance you need quite difficult. Here are just a few examples of what is available: 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 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 usually includes exterior components like sheds or fences in addition to the rental home. Because landlord insurance does not cover your tenant or your tenant’s personal property, the majority of Portland property managers mandate that their tenants buy their own renter’s insurance policy, as well as tenant liability insurance whenever applicable. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is an additional essential insurance you ought to be aware of. Although it is not the same as investment property insurance, landlord liability insurance is frequently covered by the policy. This is due to the fact that 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. Your rental property and the financial aspects of your investment are protected by landlord liability insurance. 

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. Since the fact that being a landlord falls under both of these categories, you should think of buying an umbrella policy to protect your assets in the event that you are sued for damages that surpass the limits of your other insurance policies. Typically, these policies also safeguard the insured against rent loss, damage to other people’s property, and bodily harm caused by someone else, such as a tenant. 

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. Due to a variety of factors, flood insurance is typically sold separately through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 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. Though many Portland property owners believe they don’t require flood insurance because their home is not situated in a “high-risk” area, the truth is that floods can and do happen anywhere and frequently occur without warning. Whether caused by a burst pipe or an abnormal amount of rainfall, flooding regularly damages and destroys homes. 

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 Shoreline can advise you on how to maintain your significant properties and financial well-being with the most appropriate insurance coverage. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 361-885-0500.            

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