10 Common Insurance Mistakes to Avoid for Landlords

When it comes to purchasing insurance, there are several common mistakes that people make. These mistakes can result in individuals being underinsured or paying more than they need to for their coverage. In this article, we will highlight ten common insurance mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not Understanding Your Coverage Needs

Before purchasing insurance, it is essential to understand your coverage needs. This includes understanding the risks you face and the types of coverage available especially as no two properties are the same. Taking the time to evaluate your needs and speaking with an insurance agent can help ensure that you purchase the right coverage for your situation and that works for you and your needs as a Landlord.

Mistake #2: Not Shopping Around for the Best Rates

Insurance rates can vary widely among providers. It is essential to shop around and compare rates to ensure that you are getting the best possible price for your coverage. Be sure to compare not only rates but also coverage options and customer service. Some insurers will include certain coverages as a standard, whereas others may include the same for a higher cost. Be sure to check before deciding on which provider to go with. 

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Value of Deductibles

Opting for a higher deductible can help lower your insurance premiums, but it also means that you will be responsible for a higher out-of-pocket expense in the event of a claim. Before selecting a high-deductible policy, consider your financial situation and ability to pay the deductible. It is also important to ensure that your deductible is affordable, should an event occur.

Mistake #4: Not Reviewing Your Coverage Annually

Your insurance needs can change over time. It is important to review your coverage annually and make adjustments as needed. This can help ensure that you have adequate coverage and are not paying for coverage that you no longer need. A recent trend has seen an increase in Landlords getting Rent Guarantee Insurance after the pandemic. Your needs can change quickly so we always recommend reviewing annually.

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Mistake #5: Not Understanding Your Policy’s Exclusions

All insurance policies have exclusions, which are specific events or situations that the policy does not cover. Knowing your policy’s exclusions is essential to avoid surprises when you need to make a claim. Take the time to read your policy carefully, ask your insurer to explain any exclusions you don’t understand and consider any additional coverages that may be necessary.

Mistake #6: Not Bundling Your Policies

Bundling your insurance policies with one provider can often result in a discount. Combining your landlord, auto, and other insurance policies with the same provider can help reduce your premiums and simplify your insurance management. Before bundling, compare the cost and coverage of each policy separately with different providers to ensure the savings outweigh any limitations of bundling.

Mistake #7: Overlooking Discounts

Many insurance providers offer discounts for various reasons, such as being a safe driver, or installing security devices in your property. It’s worth asking your provider about any available discounts, and also consider your eligibility for group or association membership discounts, such as through landlord associations.

Mistake #8: Not Reading the Fine Print

Reading the fine print is crucial to understanding your policy’s coverage, terms, and conditions. Even if you find the policy wording challenging, it is essential to read through it carefully to ensure you know what is and isn’t covered. If you don’t understand something, ask your insurance agent to explain it to you, so you are not caught off-guard when you need to make a claim.

Mistake #9: Failing to Compare Rates When Renewing Your Policy

Many policyholders make the mistake of simply renewing their existing policy without checking whether they can get a better deal elsewhere. It is advisable to compare rates and coverage options from different providers when renewing your policy, as you may find that another insurer offers a better deal. This can help you save money on your insurance premiums over time.

Mistake #10: Not Having an Emergency Fund

Having an emergency fund is crucial for landlords, as unexpected expenses can arise, and insurance coverage may not cover all the costs. In the event of property damage or loss of rental income, an emergency fund can help you cover the deductible or any expenses that are not covered by insurance. It’s recommended that landlords have at least three to six months of rental income saved in an emergency fund to ensure that they are financially prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.


Avoiding these ten common insurance mistakes can help ensure that you have adequate coverage and are not paying more than you need to for your insurance. Remember to shop around, review your coverage annually, and ask your insurance agent any questions you may have about your policy. With the right coverage and a little bit of planning, you can protect yourself and your assets from unforeseen events.

In addition to these tips, it is also important to regularly review your insurance policies and make sure you are adequately covered for any potential risks. This can help provide peace of mind and protect you from financial loss.

At the end of the day, purchasing insurance is an investment in your future. By avoiding common insurance mistakes and working with a reputable provider, you can ensure that you are getting the best possible coverage for your needs.

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