Landlord Insurance

Discover the information that you need as a landlord before you make your decision about landlord insurance.

31 07, 2020

Should I take out Legal Expenses Insurance?

2020-07-31T15:00:00+00:00

Legal Expenses Insurance Being a landlord you should be automatically covered under a landlord policy for the standard risks such as Fire, Subsidence, theft, flood and so on. However, being a landlord you may well feel that you are exposed to other risks that you may not necessarily been exposed to before. This is why you should consider taking out legal expenses insurance. You may be able to take out a legal expenses policy as an extra on your current landlord’s policy or if that’s not available, you can take out a standalone legal expenses insurance policy. So, what does it cover you for? Being a landlord you are now exposed to events you had never been exposed to before. This may include the following: Breach of Tenancy Agreement This may provide cover for any breach by a tenant of any obligations they might have under the tenancy agreement [...]

Should I take out Legal Expenses Insurance?2020-07-31T15:00:00+00:00
20 07, 2020

What is next for the high street?

2020-07-20T14:29:42+00:00

What is next for the High Street? The High Street has been in decline for over a number of years, and 2020 has thrown another spanner in the works. If it was not bad enough, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt another huge blow to all high street traders. With many staff still on furlough, many small businesses have been forced to close and who is to say that they will ever feel there is the right environment to return. Even when the furlough scheme eventually finishes, what guarantees do employers have that their staff will want to return? This places high street traders under huge uncertainty and may be the final nail in the coffin for some traders. This as we all know now and has been said many times before, will have a huge knock on affect to our economy. Many business have shut already as financial help [...]

What is next for the high street?2020-07-20T14:29:42+00:00
14 07, 2020

Nursery Insurance

2020-07-14T15:03:22+00:00

Nursery Insurance Is it better to insure Nursery Buildings separately? If you are looking for Nursery Insurance to cover the nursery building itself, you should make sure you are covered for the following first: Property Owners Liability Loss of Rental Income Standard perils such as Fire, Lightning, Earthquake, Aircraft, storm theft etc A standard buildings policy should cover all of the above. You will even have the option to include or add some extra coverage to the buildings. This may include the likes of Legal Expenses up to £100,000 per claim or extended Full Accidental Damage to the buildings. Some policies will include these ‘extras’ as standard, so it is important to check with your broker when taking out a policy. The question as to whether or not it is better to separate the business from the building, may in fact be out of your hands if they are [...]

Nursery Insurance2020-07-14T15:03:22+00:00
10 07, 2020

Woodland Insurance

2020-07-10T14:08:42+00:00

Woodland Insurance What is Woodland? A woodland is a habitat where trees are the dominant plant form on the land. The individual tree canopies generally are seen to overlap one another and interlink. They often form a more or less continuous canopy which shades the ground to varying degrees. There will be a great variety of other plants, depending on the amount of light reaching the ground through the tree canopy. Other such growth may include mosses, ferns and lichens, or possibly flowering herbs, grasses and shrubs. Animal diversity in the woodland is dependent on the different kinds of plants there are. As of 31 March 2020 is estimated to be 3.21 million hectares of Woodland in the UK. This represents 13% of the total land area in the UK, 10% in England, 15% in Wales, 19% in Scotland and 9% in Northern Ireland. Woodland can be divided into 3 [...]

Woodland Insurance2020-07-10T14:08:42+00:00
26 06, 2020

New Regulations for landlords to consider

2020-07-07T14:58:41+00:00

New Regulations Five Yearly Electrical Checks From 1st June 2020, private landlords in England will be required to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe. This means that: Electrical Installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1st July 2020 Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by the 1st April 2021 These checks must then be carried out on a five-yearly basis. A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants. The landlord is responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent. Using an electrician or firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme operated by a recognized body will give you the confidence that this has been achieved. Mandatory [...]

New Regulations for landlords to consider2020-07-07T14:58:41+00:00
27 04, 2020

What is HMO Insurance?

2020-04-30T17:39:14+00:00

What is HMO Insurance? HMO insurance is normally described as a landlord's property which is shared among a number of unrelated people. HMO is an acronym which stands for House in Multiple Occupation. HMO insurance provides the correct insurance. Some HMO properties will require a license – this will normally be the case where the HMO is 3 storeys high and when there are at least 2 different & distinct households & where there are at least 5 unrelated people living there. Landlords of this type of building will require HMO Insurance - Get a Quote For HMO Insurance  A license is obtained from the local authority and will be carefully inspected to ensure it meets the relevant safety standards, such as Gas Safety Smoke alarms Carbon monoxide alarms When a property is deemed to be an HMO and the very fact that licenses are sometimes required, can often [...]

What is HMO Insurance?2020-04-30T17:39:14+00:00
17 04, 2020

Government Support for Self-Employed

2020-05-01T09:12:52+00:00

Coronavirus self-employed help is a very hot topic right now. As there is such a large volume of information to digest in terms of support for businesses from the Government, as your broker we wanted to bring the below to your attention as we feel it is particularly pertinent. This scheme for self-employed will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. Who can apply for Government Support for Self-Employed You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you: • have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19 • traded in the tax year 2019-20 • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19 • intend to continue to [...]

Government Support for Self-Employed2020-05-01T09:12:52+00:00
9 04, 2020

What should my Business Insurance Cost?

2020-05-01T16:02:56+00:00

Business Insurance Cost When choosing insurance for your business, there will be two main questions that you may be asking: How much does Business Insurance Cost? What does Business Insurance Cover me for? To answer these questions, it is important to understand that every business has its very own particular risks that may not be similar to another. Therefore, the premium may differ as it' s not a once size fits all approach! How much will my Business Insurance Cost? In order to get the best premium for your Business Insurance, it is important to show your insurer (or potential insurer) that you have been trading with little to no hick-ups along the way - and by that, we mean you have a clean record with little in the way of claims. This will demonstrate to your insurer that you know what you are doing and that you know [...]

What should my Business Insurance Cost?2020-05-01T16:02:56+00:00
24 06, 2020

Covid updates

2020-06-24T12:35:21+00:00

COVID Updates Clients experiencing financial difficulties On the 18th May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority introduced new measures for insurance and premium finance firms to help clients in financial difficulty.  Should you be experiencing financial hardship, or if things change at work or home, we may be able to help by: Re-assessing your demands & needs Reviewing levels of cover Adding or removing optional covers such as legal expenses Adding or removing people on your policy Where amendments to your insurance cover does not alleviate your payment difficulties, you should contact your finance provider directly as further support may be available, which could potentially include: The possibility of deferring payments (refer to FAQ’s) Reduced repayments, or rescheduled term Waiving missed or late payment fees Amending your repayment date without any cost Reducing interest payments It is important that customers do not leave themselves uninsured, so we encourage you to [...]

Covid updates2020-06-24T12:35:21+00:00
24 03, 2020

Government Support for Coronavirus

2020-06-05T13:29:00+00:00

Government support for Business Interruption As there is such a large volume of information to digest in terms of support for businesses from the Government, as your broker we wanted to bring the below to your attention as we feel it is particularly pertinent. CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOAN SCHEME The new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to working capital (including loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance) of up to £5 million in value and for up to 6 years. The government will pay to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will not face any upfront costs and will benefit from lower initial repayments. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. This [...]

Government Support for Coronavirus2020-06-05T13:29:00+00:00
9 03, 2020

Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road?

2020-05-11T16:25:57+00:00

Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road? There is a Legal Duty to insure these roads, but this does not fall on the highway authority under the Highways Act 1980. The legal duty for unadopted road insurance falls upon the owners of the road – and this normally means the owners of any properties that front that particular road. The reason for this onus to insure is not on the highway authority, is because although these roads may be a public right of way, they simply do not belong to the public road network. How can I insure an unadopted road? Normally, if you do own one of these properties that fronts an unadopted road, it is common for a resident’s association to be formed. The resident’s association will then be responsible for maintenance and general upkeep of the road, ensuring it is safe for members of the [...]

Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road?2020-05-11T16:25:57+00:00
26 02, 2020

Better Landlords Insurance Prices

2020-05-12T09:15:15+00:00

How to get better Landlords Insurance prices! If you are looking for a Landlords Insurance NI Policy you might ask, "What insurance do I need & how can I save money?" Always remember in addition to getting the right policy, you should take note of some of the important legal aspects, relevant laws and Fire Safety Practices that are expected not only by your tenants but by your insurer also. Apply good practice to your Landlord Property and it will even save you some money along the way! If you have a few flats in the same block - a block can be a converted house also, be sure to check out the information on our block of flats insurance page.It is common knowledge that landlords have a level of responsibility for tenants in a typical rental property. However, landlords should also know that safety and more specifically Fire [...]

Better Landlords Insurance Prices2020-05-12T09:15:15+00:00
13 01, 2020

Can you insure a garage?

2020-07-21T13:45:50+00:00

Can you insure a Garage? Believe it or not, this is an extremely common question! Mostly, garages that are within the boundaries of the main property residence are insured automatically and included within the buildings sums insured specified. However there is an ever growing need for standalone garage insurance – what we mean here is, insurance for garages that are outside the boundaries of a home. This is mainly due to: Garages that are rented out to tenants Garages that are not listed on the same property deeds as the main residence Garages that are rented out to tenants Garages can be a superb investment opportunity. Once frowned upon as an investment, they are now extremely popular with a steady rental yield which will appeal to investors. The market value has also increased substantially in recent years, primarily due to a surge in their demand, driven by an increase [...]

Can you insure a garage?2020-07-21T13:45:50+00:00
8 01, 2020

Is it more expensive to insure a listed building?

2020-05-12T14:56:12+00:00

Is it more expensive to insure a Listed Building? The two most common questions we are asked at Property Insurance Centre (PIC) in relation to Listed Building Insurance are: Is it more expensive to insure a listed building? What does insurance cost on a grade 2 listed building? To answer these questions, it is important to understand what listed buildings are & the various categories of listed buildings there are: Listed Building Categories Grade 1 – These are buildings of exceptional special interest Grade 2* - These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest Grade 2 – These are buildings of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them Straight away you will see which one will carry to most risk for insurers & therefore might cost more if it require reinstatement! Get a Quote Insurance under one roof [...]

Is it more expensive to insure a listed building?2020-05-12T14:56:12+00:00
3 01, 2020

How much is the average house insurance?

2020-05-12T15:06:10+00:00

How much is the average house insurance? This is a fairly subjective questions and there are many factors to consider when looking at premiums for all homes, including older properties & for new build insurance policies. These factors, will or course be considered by the insurance company or insurance broker. The insurer, however which avenue you pursue, will take into consideration some of the following factors: Please note the list is not exhaustive, but it will generally give you a basic idea as to why your premium is lower of higher than that of your workmate! Age of the building How many years you have owned the building Claims experience Postcode (some areas carry a higher risk that others) Rebuilding costs Amount of contents insured Amount of personal possessions insured away from the home We get told over and over, that their friend is paying cheaper insurance – but [...]

How much is the average house insurance?2020-05-12T15:06:10+00:00
23 12, 2019

Wear and Tear on Landlords Insurance

2020-05-12T15:43:22+00:00

What is the definition of Wear & Tear in a Landlord Policy? Wear & Tear is often claimed for and always turned down by insurers. That’s because Wear & Tear is a maintenance issue. Maintenance is the responsibility of the Landlord and a Landlord’s Policy is not a maintenance contract. However, wear & tear is open to interpretation and we aim to shed some light on what it actually is & what influences it! If not Wear & Tear, what am I actually insured for? Well, every policy wording will have a list of ‘insured perils’. These are what you as a Landlord are insured for. Example may be Fire, Malicious Damage or Theft. Your policy wording will expressly state that wear & tear is not covered. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of [...]

Wear and Tear on Landlords Insurance2020-05-12T15:43:22+00:00
18 12, 2019

Christmas Opening Times

2020-05-12T15:51:39+00:00

Property Insurance Centre Christmas Opening Hours 24th December - 9am- 1pm Christmas Day - Closed Boxing Day - Closed 27th December - 9am - 1pm 28th December - Closed (Saturday) 29th December - Closed (Sunday) 30th December - 9am - 1pm 31st December - 9am - 1pm New Years Day - Closed 2nd January - 9am - 5pm PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU INTEND TO RENEW ONLINE TO RENEW YOUR POLICIES EARLY - WE CAN ONLY PROCESS THE RENEWALS AND CONFIRM COVER WHEN WE RETURN ON THE NEXT WORKING DAY. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Block of Flats Unoccupied [...]

Christmas Opening Times2020-05-12T15:51:39+00:00
17 12, 2019

Escape of Water Insurance

2020-05-12T16:00:32+00:00

Escape of Water Insurance Escape of water is one of the most common types of claim there is on a buildings insurance policy, including Home Insurance, Block of flats Insurance and Landlords Insurance. It is therefore important that you have this cover under your current buildings policy. It can be a horrible experience & all of your floors, walls & ceilings take the brunt of it! The most common cause is burst pipes from cold weather & of course leaks from the bath or bathroom causing damage to the room below. Do not Panic! If you are reading this, hopefully you will have taken the most important step – turn the water off! If you are reading this and have no need to make a claim, why not act before disaster strikes with escape of water: CHECK where your Stopcock is CHECK the insulation of the pipes and tank [...]

Escape of Water Insurance2020-05-12T16:00:32+00:00
9 12, 2019

The Importance of Tradesman Insurance

2020-05-12T16:11:16+00:00

The importance of Tradesman Insurance? Firstly it does not matter how experienced or good a tradesman you are, accidents happen and that is the very reason we have Public Liability Insurance as part of a Tradesman Insurance Policy.  A tradesman insurance policy will protect: You Your Livelihood Your Income Without a proper policy in place you will lose potential contracts as many clients will require you to have PL Insurance in place before they let you carry out any work. It also lets people know you are legitimate and mean Business.  Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Why do you need Public Liability Insurance? PL as it is known is a necessity amongst tradesmen. If your business has [...]

The Importance of Tradesman Insurance2020-05-12T16:11:16+00:00
4 12, 2019

What is underinsurance?

2020-05-12T16:29:33+00:00

What is Underinsurance? Here are some important Statistics on underinsurance of commercial buildings before we explain - this is not just limited to commercial property it should be noted. Underinsurance affects all property owners, either COMMERCIAL or RESIDENTIAL! Around 90% of buildings are insured for the wrong amount 8 out of 10 buildings are insured for 60% of what they should be Underinsurance can mean you will not be paid for the full value of your claim if you are ever in the unfortunate position of having to make one! It can be costly to you & even catastrophic. The next time you review your insurance policy for your Commercial Building, please ensure you are not underinsuring. Below are some important points as well as a short video to help explain. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists [...]

What is underinsurance?2020-05-12T16:29:33+00:00
26 11, 2019

Business Insurance in Northern Ireland

2020-05-12T16:41:06+00:00

Why Business Insurance in Northern Ireland is important Every business in Northern Ireland should have the correct Business Insurance in place. There are various factors highlighting why this is so important, notwithstanding the fact that Employers Liability Insurance is a legal requirement – and this is why Business Insurance in NI is important! For the purposes of this article; let’s refer to Business Insurance in Northern Ireland as ‘Business Insurance NI’. Business Insurance NI provides a business with insurance cover for 3 important aspects – this list is nowhere near exhaustive, but are areas we have highlighted which are a major concern to business owners throughout Northern Ireland and beyond: Material Damage Business Interruption Liability Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance [...]

Business Insurance in Northern Ireland2020-05-12T16:41:06+00:00
12 11, 2019

Landlord insurance brokers NI

2020-05-27T14:53:33+00:00

Landlord Insurance Brokers Northern Ireland Landlords that we have helped in Northern Ireland: As one of the leading specialist landlord insurance brokers in Northern Ireland we have access to the best rates and exclusive cover with the major insurance underwriters.  While other insurance brokers concentrate on cars and home insurance for over 40 years we have stuck with our specialism in landlord and commercial property owners insurance with clients all over NI as well as mainland UK. Landlords Cover Includes Cover whilst empty Public Liability Escape of Water Storm, Flood, Fire Malicious Damage Optional Legal Expenses Contents Cover Full Accidental Damage Cover With our headquarters based in Newtownards and an office in London we have helped thousands of landlords all over the UK get the best rates and cover and there is no situation that we have not seen before and it is this expertise that means that we [...]

Landlord insurance brokers NI2020-05-27T14:53:33+00:00
28 06, 2019

Property Insurance

2020-05-13T15:22:33+00:00

Property Insurance With lots of the companies offering Property Insurance we wanted to let you know about why you should choose Property Insurance Centre for your buildings insurance needs: Independent broker with friendly, knowledgeable staff available online or by phone. Access to a wide range of insurers in the UK with the best cover and rates available. Bespoke insurance schemes & portfolio policies are available. Complete peace of mind through our tailored policies. Experts in Occupied & Unoccupied Commercial & Residential Insurance policies. Over 40 years of experience working with the best insurance underwriters in the UK. Excellent communication so that you understand what risks you are insured against. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Everyone who owns [...]

Property Insurance2020-05-13T15:22:33+00:00
5 11, 2019

House Insurance Northern Ireland

2020-05-13T15:51:20+00:00

Home Insurance NI A recent House Price Index showed the standard price of a property in Northern Ireland is £136,767 and this ranges from terrace properties at £95,202 to detached properties at £204,060.  Many buyers borrow a mortgage of between 75 and 95% of the value of the home and providers normally require the property to be insured while the mortgage remains in place.  Even if you do not have a mortgage, most people’s homes are their biggest asset so there’s a clear need to make sure all home owners make sure they get best Home Insurance NI policy with multiple layers of protection. Failing to adequately insure your home can have massive repercussions if the worst happens and you home is damaged.  But what do you actually need to insure? Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists [...]

House Insurance Northern Ireland2020-05-13T15:51:20+00:00
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