July 31, 2017

Many people don’t realize how important it is to make sure their rental properties are properly protected. Especially if you do not understand the specifics of this issue, it will be difficult for you to be able to safely and effectively rent to others, so make sure you know how best to protect your rental properties.

Hire a Property Manager

Making sure you have a property manager gives you another line of defense when it comes to protecting your properties. It is important to ensure that your manager is competent and well versed in their own specific duties. This helps to create a stronger management system. It also keeps you from having to do everything yourself when it comes to management.

Create an LLC

Some people have separate LLCs for each property or one that includes all of their properties. No matter how you decide to do this, it’s a good idea to form a legal and official corporation or LLC in order to ensure that your property has a higher level of protection. You’ll want to check with your bank and your accountant before doing so, but this is almost always a good move when it comes to protecting your properties.

Have a Physically Sound Property

Before you even begin renting out, it is important to make sure your property is physically safe for renters. Make sure you are well versed in the laws of your state when it comes to rental properties. It is also a good idea to make your property accessible for any disabled tenants, as this could protect you from any legal issues that could come up in the future.

Homeowner’s or Landlord Liability Insurance

Getting insurance for your property is a great way to make sure you’re covered under any and every circumstance. Homeowner’s insurance is still an option, even if you’re renting out a property, but landlord liability insurance is a very specific option for someone in your situation.

Landlord liability insurance can help protect you from a number of issues, including

  • Tenant or tenant guest damage
  • Tenant or tenant guest injury
  • Inhabitability

Landlord liability insurance is traditionally more expensive than homeowner’s insurance, but the former is also specifically beneficial to those who are renting out a property. It also covers the issues that are most likely to be associated with renting out a property rather than just living in one.

Protecting Your Rental

Deciding to rent out a property is often time-consuming and complicated, and it is important to be aware of this before you ever begin. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to run a successful business.

Just remember to be prepared for possible issues that might occur when it comes to your properties, and make sure to take specific steps when it comes to protecting your rental. In general, it’s best to have experts on your side and to err on the side of caution, even if it means spending a little extra on insurance.

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