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

Filling Out Insurance Paperwork with a Model House in the ForefrontIt naturally follows that Tampa 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 determining 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. 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 among the most essential forms of insurance for owners of rental properties. Investment property is protected by landlord or investment property insurance, as opposed to homeowner’s insurance. Typically, this insurance supports the rental home and exterior features, such as sheds and fences. Landlord insurance won’t cover your tenant or their personal property, which is why the vast bulk of Tampa property managers demand their tenants to purchase renter’s insurance and sometimes tenant liability insurance. 

Landlord Liability Insurance 

Landlord liability insurance is another major type of insurance you should understand. Although it is not the same as investment property insurance, landlord liability insurance is frequently covered by the policy. This is a result of the fact that this form of insurance covers losses linked to damage, theft, or vandalism induced by tenants or their guests, as well as liability in the event of 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 seems like: comprehensive coverage for a rental property that brings an additional layer of shielding for individuals who own property or have a lawsuit-prone occupation. 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 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 separately as a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for many reasons. The actual cash value (rather than the replacement cost) of the home’s physical structure and, if applicable, a detached garage are typically covered by this kind of insurance. Even though lots of Tampa property owners assume they do not require flood insurance because their property is not located in a “high-risk” area, the truth is that floods can and do emerge wherever, and they commonly strike without warning. Whether caused by a burst pipe or an abnormal amount of rainfall, flooding regularly damages and destroys homes. 

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. However, establishing whether you have the proper insurance coverage can be difficult if you do not have industry experts on your team. Real Property Management Freedom 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 813-867-2667.                              

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