As we find ourselves in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of questions are coming up in the insurance world with regards to whether insurance policies can provide any relief to landlords for the tenant’s inability to pay. It’s unfortunately quite sobering to think of how many people have lost their jobs due to the current coronavirus pandemic. To date, unemployment claims in the United States are nearing 17 million, so it’s best to be prepared for an increasingly likely scenario in which your tenant cannot pay their rent. Would insurance cover this loss of rental income, and if so, what coverage would be needed? For landlords, it’s important to understand what is and is not covered – and why.
If you’re a property manager, chances are you speak insurance like a second language. It’s something that you’re used to dealing with, so you know the coverages and you understand the risks you need to be protected from. But what might need some clarity is how insurance companies – particularly standard insurance carriers – determine whether they want to insure your building. Here are seven details that can help you stay in the standard insurance market.
Property owners and property managers are often veterans when dealing with insurance, so chances are you are familiar with the coverages you need. It comes with the territory. You understand the risks you face, and you know how insurance can protect you. But there is more to it than just having the correct coverage. You must also ask yourself if you have the right coverage for your situation, and if you are setting yourself up to be in the best possible insurance situation – especially if you are insuring an “older” building. (By insurance terms, “older” typically means that the property was built more than 30 years ago.) Here are a few ways you can improve your insurance situation as a property manager or owner if you’re insuring an older apartment building.