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  • Why is insurance important?
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Why is buy to let house insurance important?

From managing tenants to property maintenance, having a buy-to-let property can be its own full-time job. Bad weather damage, vandalism to the exterior, lost keys, and unpaid rent – landlords usually require specific cover, designed for rental properties and featuring protection like buy-to-let building insurance.

  • buy-to-let building insurance covering rebuilds up to £1 million
  • financial support if your property is too damaged to rent out
  • up to £50,000 rental indemnity if you have to evict your tenants and recover rent

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What does buy to let landlord insurance cover?

We’ll usually start with buy-to-let building insurance, plus contents insurance if you need cover for your own belongings inside the property. From there, you can add the cover you need, factoring in options like tenant default insurance and accidental damage cover. And remember, if a tenant or visitor holds you responsible for property damage – or an injury – property owners’ liability insurance can cover an unexpected claim.

Buy to let building insurance

In case disaster hits and your property gets damaged.

What's typically covered by building insurance?

  • damage to your property caused by incidents like fire, lightning, explosion, malicious damage, and escape of water

For example:

  • a fire causes structural damage to your building, and you need to pay for a partial rebuild
  • high winds during a storm causes extensive damage to your tiled roof, breaking and dislodging many tiles which will need to be replaced

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • accidental damage to the property caused by your tenants – you’ll need to add our specific accidental damage cover for this

Read more about buildings insurance for landlords

Landlords contents insurance

In case disaster hits and your contents get damaged.

What's typically covered by landlords contents insurance?

  • damage to your contents caused by incidents like fire, lightning, explosion, malicious damage, and escape of water
  • contents include things like your appliances, furniture, and household goods

For example:

  • thieves break into your buy-to-let property and vandalise your furniture while searching for valuables
  • a burst pipe floods your property’s ground floor, causing extensive water damage to your wooden lounge furniture and three-piece suite

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • accidental damage to the property caused by your tenants – you’ll need to add our specific accidental damage cover for this

Read more about landlords contents insurance

Accidental damage insurance

In case your tenant or their guests accidentally damage your property.

What's typically covered by accidental damage insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • unexpected physical damage to your property or contents, caused by your tenants or their visitors

For example:

  • while moving into the property, your new tenant accidentally scrapes and damages the newly plastered walls
  • your tenant drops a mirror in the bathroom, cracking the sink and several floor tiles

Read more about accidental damage insurance

Tenant default insurance

In case your tenants don’t keep up their rental payments.

What's typically covered by tenant default insurance?

  • up to £50,000 rental indemnity across a 12-month rental payment period, if you have to evict your tenants for not paying rent

For example:

  • your tenant misses a few rental payments so you serve an eviction notice, giving them three months to find alternative accommodation – before moving out, they cause intentional damage to the property, breaking doors and damaging the kitchen cupboards which will all need fixing before new tenants can move in
  • your tenants fall behind on their rental payments, missing four in total – you serve an eviction notice and need to claim the unpaid rent

Read more about tenant default insurance

Property owners’ liability insurance

In case you’re legally responsible for injuries or property damage, as owner of the building.

What's typically covered by property owners’ liability insurance?

  • legal liability for injuries, accidental loss or damage, as the owner of the property

For example:

  • your tenant’s elderly relative trips on a loose stair carpet tile, falling and fracturing their wrist and hip which will require extensive hospital treatment
  • during a storm, tiles are blown from the property’s roof, damaging the bodywork and glass of cars parked on your street

Read more about landlord liability insurance

Landlord legal expenses insurance

In case you’re faced with legal costs as the property’s landlord.

  • repossession – covering your legal costs when trying to regain possession of the property, and appointing a solicitor to represent you
  • property damage – covering your legal costs if over £1,000 of damage is made to your buy-to-let, and appointing a solicitor for you
  • tenant eviction – covering the legal costs of evicting your tenants (if you choose to add our specific tenant default insurance, this can pick up the rental payments they owe you)
  • rent recovery – covering your legal costs when recovering rent you’re owed, if it’s late by one calendar month
  • tax protection and contractual disputes – representing and negotiating for you, if a full enquiry is made into your personal tax affairs, or during a contractual dispute over goods and services

For example:

  • your tenants stop paying rent and you need to pay legal costs as part of the eviction process, so that you can repossess the property
  • there’s a contract dispute with your tenant and you need legal support to help negotiate and resolve the issue

Read more about landlord legal expenses insurance

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of landlord insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

What property types are covered with landlords’ insurance?

We provide cover for a range of property types, including:

  • terraced and end terrace houses
  • semi-detached houses
  • detached houses
  • bungalows
  • maisonettes
  • individual flats in purpose-built blocks or buildings
  • individual flats in converted buildings or houses
  • entire purpose-built buildings with multiple flats
  • entire converted buildings or houses with multiple flats

How much does buy to let property insurance cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

Prices start from £13.26 per month

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How we work out example prices We take the highest price from the bottom 10 per cent of all our customers paying in monthly instalments (based on data from 1 January - 31 August 2021). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

Example buy to let insurance quotes, real prices

axa logo

£27.59 /month

£245.22 /year

Renting to 3 professional people with a HMO licence

  • Residential
  • Detached house
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Built between 1980 and 1989
  • 1-2 years
  • Occupied
  • Based in Bristol
  • Landlord buildings

    £175,001 to £200,000

  • Property owners' liability

    £2,000,000

  • Property owners' liability

    not included

maltings logo

£47.98 /month

£426.48 /year

Renting out 4 flats in a converted building

  • Residential
  • Entire building with multiple flats converted building or house
  • Built between 1990 and 2000
  • Over 5 years
  • Occupied
  • Based in Telford
  • Landlord buildings

    £350,001 to £400,000

  • Landlords' contents

    £10,001 to £12,500

  • Property owners' liability

    £5,000,000

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 22/04/2021). They’re based on a range of factors, like employees and location. Your own quote will be based on what you tell us about your property. Prices may go up or down from day to day, so the prices you’re quoted may differ to the ones you see here.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance cover

Lowest excess

Highest excess

Main Building

£100

£2500

Fixtures & fittings

£100

£2500

Contents

£100

£2500

Accidental damage

£100

£500

Landlord liability

£0

£500

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of landlord insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.

What if my property is unoccupied?

If you've bought insurance for an unoccupied property, you'll be asked to confirm if the property is expected to be occupied within 60 days of the policy starting.

After this, you must contact us to confirm when the property becomes occupied – if you don't tell us, this can cause a delay in any claims being processed.

You should also be aware that you can't claim for lost rent under the loss of rent section of your insurance if your property becomes unoccupied.

What if my tenant's situation changes?

If your tenant's employment status changes – or if a new tenant moves in and their employment status is different to the previous tenant – you'll need to tell us immediately. If you don't, it could cause a delay in any claims being processed.

Are carpets and curtains covered?

The definition of 'fixtures and fittings' will depend on the insurer – sometimes, it will include laminate flooring, carpets, curtains and blinds.

It's a good idea to check the wording in your policy to understand what's covered.

Read more about contents insurance for landlords and buildings insurance.

Will tenant default insurance cover me if my property becomes unoccupied?

If your property becomes unoccupied, you won't be able to make a claim for lost rent under tenant default cover.

This also applies if your tenant falls into arrears and can't pay their rent, but you're not planning to evict them. You can only claim for lost rent under tenant default cover if you start repossession proceedings.

Read more about tenant default insurance and rent guarantee insurance.

What if I'm subletting my property?

It's vital that any tenancy agreement that you have is between you and the occupant of the property.

If the occupant of your property has a tenancy agreement with a third party (such as a letting agency or a local authority) and not you as the property owner, then your insurance policy could be cancelled and you won't be able to make any claims.

Do I need any other additional landlord covers?

You can add a range of other important covers to your landlord insurance policy, all while keeping it simple with a single premium and a single renewal date. You might consider these covers:

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How do claims work?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive. The figure below is rounded across our range of products. Our claims process may vary for different products and operates on a ‘claim by claim’ basis.

£28 million in claims paid out in 2021

Paying 80% of settled claims within 24 hours in 2021

Example claim

Having buy-to-let landlord insurance through Simply Business has saved property owners thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Harry saved more than £94,300

An electrical fire in Harry’s (not his real name) Grade II listed property caused extensive damage, requiring a partial rebuild. The buy-to-let building insurance in his landlord insurance policy covered the cost of fire damage, and the rebuild costs.

  • Insurance payout

    £94,345.70

    Covering the cost of fire damage

  • Harry’s costs

    £100

    The excess amount stated in Harry’s policy terms

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Buy to let insurance FAQ

Whether you’re new to buying landlord insurance or you’ve been letting your property for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about buy-to-let home insurance. You can also check out our landlord insurance FAQs.

  • This will depend on your specific circumstances, the type of property you’re renting out, your tenants and various other factors. Right now, our landlord policy prices start from £16.34 per month.

    To work this out, we take the highest price from the bottom 10 per cent of all our customers paying in monthly instalments (based on data from 1 January to 31 August 2021). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

  • Home insurance is required when you want to insure the home you’re living in against accidental loss or damage.

    Landlord insurance is different – it’s required when you own a property that you rent out to a third party, and don’t live in yourself. It covers different insurance risks from a home policy, taking into account the type of tenant you rent to and how long you’ve owned the property. It also allows you to insure the property and protect yourself against things like loss of rental income, and malicious damage caused by your tenants.

  • You aren’t legally required to take out a specific landlord policy, but remember – a conventional home insurance policy won’t cover you for rental activities, and a mortgage lender will usually demand you have specific landlord cover in place, before you let your property.

    Popular covers include property owners’ liability and contents insurance, for accidents on your property, plus buildings cover to protect the property itself.

  • As we’ve outlined above, there’s currently no legal obligation to take out a dedicated landlord insurance policy. However, a home insurance policy won’t cover you for the specific risks you and your tenants face, and a mortgage lender will usually require you to have buy-to-let insurance in place too, before renting out your property.

  • If you’ve provided furniture and other contents for your tenants – maybe even a TV or art for the walls – your property is known as ‘furnished’, and protection is key for most landlords. You can buy contents insurance as part of your landlord insurance policy, just add it when completing your landlord insurance quote.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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