Landlord Insurance – Do I need malicious damage cover or not?

How to get Malicious damage

Malicious damage is not in all landlords insurance policies. You will find that some insurance policies will cover malicious damage by tenants. They may not cover damage by a third party or vice versa. Our Aviva insurance policy will cover both damages by the tenant and by a third party.

What is malicious damage insurance?

Malicious damage insurance doesn’t usually exist as a cover on its own right. The definition of malicious damage for most insurers is damage caused by somebody on purpose. Some insurers will include damage made by tenants and some won’t. You will need to check the wording of your policy and what excess applies. The malicious damage cover will pay for the cost of repairing intentional damages.

If the property is a flat you might find that the freeholder has the responsibility to deal with the building insurance. If that is the case they will then be responsible for any malicious damage that takes place at the property. It is important for landlords to realise that malicious damage does not cover the tenant’s possessions. It is always a good idea for tenants to take out their own insurance for their belongings.

Malicious damage for a commercial property includes damage by vandals or disgruntled customers. It is important to be able to show what and who caused malicious damage. As it will affect the policy depending on who caused the damage. Examples of malicious damage include smashed windows, doors or frames, arson and graffiti on the walls or furniture. This does not mean that it includes accidental damage. Accidents can happen.

Accidental damage is unintentional. It usually occurs suddenly and includes physical damage and/or loss of function. Examples could be a ball kicked through a window or even someone falling through the ceiling in the attic. It is every landlord’s nightmare that the rented property is deliberately trashed. The repairs or replacement of the broken items such as furniture and fittings could run into the hundreds or thousands.

Malicious Summary

We would suggest that this is an absolute must for a landlord to have. Not only is malicious damage important, but also landlords contents insurance. There have been occasions where tenants have left the property trashed and been in rent arrears. Request a call from us to discuss rent guarantee insurance further. It is always an emotional time when tenants trash a property, but it does happen. Landlords need to know that you are going to be covered and not lose out.


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