Landlord insurance for mixed portfolios
Cover for landlords with diverse portfolios, including commercial, residential and combined properties.
What is landlord insurance?
Landlord insurance provides a vital layer of protection for any investor in rental properties, whether your portfolio covers commercial premises, residential homes or a mixture of both.
To make sure you're covered for the risks most associated with your needs as a landlord, you might want to consider insurance that you can alter to your requirements. That's why at Superscript we offer customisable cover, which allows you to tailor your protection and only pay for what you need.
10% of landlords paid £12.98 a month or less for their Superscript insurance between April and June 2022.
- Change or cancel anytime, with no fees
- Protect your portfolio of up to 10 properties
- Buildings, fixtures and fittings and property owners liability cover
- Discounts for multiple premises
- Flexible monthly rolling subscription
- Optional cover for rental income, employers liability and more
We insure a large variety of property types
From renting out a string of retail units with flats above them to letting a selection of apartments with a shop unit on the ground floor, whatever mix of properties make up your portfolio, we've got you covered.
Here are a few popular rentals we cover:
- Office space
- Mixed commercial and residential buildings
- Studio flats
To check if we cover your needs as a portfolio landlord, simply click 'Start your quote'.
What does mixed portfolio landlord insurance cover?
While every portfolio is different, there are some covers that make sense for a lot of landlords in the property investment business. Here are the core covers that we include in every policy:
This element of your landlord insurance covers the cost of repairing accidental or malicious damage to the building, including:
- Clearing, cleaning or repairing drains, gutters or sewers following damage to the property
- Damage to cables and underground pipes
- Fire and flood damage
- Repairing any tank or pipe caused by a water leak
- Damage caused by subsidence is an optional additional cover
Fixtures and fittings
You may be responsible for maintaining the fixtures and fittings within the properties that make up your portfolio. You will be covered for repair or replacement costs of fixtures and fitting within the property, including:
- Breakage of fixed glass and fixed mirrors
- Damage caused by the illegal cultivation of drugs
- Theft of the building's fabric (eg. roof tiles or insulation)
- Damage to electrical sockets or light fittings
Property owners liability
Covers your liability to pay compensation and legal costs (between £1 million and £10 million) in relation to bodily injury to either a tenant or member of the public, which is especially important for commercial units where members of the public come in and out regularly.
This includes legal costs (up to £1 million) for any alleged breaches of:
- Health and Safety legislation
- Consumer Protection legislation
- Food Standards legislation
It also includes legal costs (up to £1 million) in connection to defense against:
- Corporate manslaughter
- Corporate homicide
- Culpable homicide defence
On top of these options, we also offer a bunch of other covers to boost your policy and give you and your portfolio of commercial and residential properties the perfect protection.
A legal requirement if you employ any staff to support your portfolio (such as administrators and janitors), this covers your liability to pay compensation and legal costs in relation to work-related sickness or bodily injury of an employee.
Covers the repair costs if one or more of your properties is damaged, plus your financial losses and your property owners liability in the event that any property in your portfolio is affected by an act of terrorism.
If any of the properties in your portfolio become damaged to the point that they are uninhabitable by your tenants or businesses, the rent you would have been paid is covered for a period of up to 24 months while the property cannot be occupied.
Covers the value of all of the items in your residential homes or commercial units that belong to the landlord (such as upholstery and furniture) against accidental and malicious damage, up to a limit of £75,000.
What's not included?
While we'd like to cover everything, there are some exclusions to our mixed portfolio landlord insurance.
Unfortunately we cannot insure properties used for heavy industry, including:
- Agricultural merchants
- Cement manufacturers
- Locomotive manufacturers
- Chemical producers
We also cannot insure the following residential properties:
- Student properties or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
- Property that is let out to a local authority with an unknown occupant
- Mansion blocks or the flats contained within
- Homes that are unoccupied for more than 6 months per year
Examples of claims made by landlords with mixed portfolios
Superscript's landlord insurance can cover a range of different accidents and risks in relation to your properties. Here are a few examples of possible claims scenarios.
Damage to your building
After a fire breaks out at a shop unit you let out, the property is damaged to a significant degree with extensive repairs required. A landlord insurance policy can cover the cost of repairing the building.
Lost rental income
After a flood, a flat of yours is damaged to the point that it is uninhabitable by your tenants. Your insurance policy would cover the loss of rental income you would have been paid for up to 24 months, while repairs are carried out.
Injury to a tenant
The owner of a business that rents one of your commercial units is injured because an element of the buildings' fixtures and fittings is unsafe. You may be liable to pay compensation and legal costs and your insurance could cover this expense.
How do claims work?
You make a claim
Log in to your online account and go to the ‘Make a claim’ section. There, you can make a claim directly – there's no need to call us.
We'll ask you for some details about your claim, including a crime reference number (if applicable), the date of loss or claim made against you, type of claim and its detailed description.
You can also attach any relevant supporting documentation like proof of loss, proof of purchase, a letter of demand or a statement of claim.
We'll get on the case
Once submitted, your claim will be assessed.
If the claim is large, you may have to provide further information. For smaller claims, you may be able to proceed without further information.
Either way, we'll keep you regularly updated and you'll be able to see the status of your claim on our customer portal.
Your claim is settled
After it's been assessed, we'll let you know if your claim has been successful or not.
If items have been lost, stolen or damaged, we might arrange for the items to be replaced or make a payment to you.
If you’re liable for something we will assist you with legal support.
Mixed portfolio insurance FAQs
Superscript's landlord insurance starts from just £155.76 per year (£12.98 per month), but the price of your policy could vary depending on how many properties are covered, their location, their age, the type of business that operates from the premises, the jobs your residential tenants do and a number of other factors.
We are able to insure a mixture of commercial and residential properties in the same policy. You can get cover for commercial premises including:
- office space
As well as for residential properties including:
- studio apartments
With Superscript's landlord insurance, you can insure a mixture of commercial and residential addresses in a portfolio of up to 10 properties in one policy.
The amount of excess you will be required to pay depends on what kind of insured event has occurred. Superscript's excesses include:
- Fire, lightning, explosion, aircraft, or earthquake - no excess
- Damage caused by flood - minimum excess £300
- Malicious damage and theft by a tenant business - £500
- All other insured damage (where an excess applies) - minimum excess £250
- Subsidence - minimum excess £1,000
- Property owners liability - £200
Yes, you can insure both commercial and residential properties on the same policy. For instance, if you own a retail unit with a separate residential flat on the upper floor.
Yes. You can enjoy a discount of up to 5% on landlord insurance for the commercial properties in your portfolio, and up to 17.5% on your residential properties, depending on how many addresses you add to your policy.
You can change your policy or cancel your policy, without any fees or penalties, with 30 days' notice. This means you can easily add or remove properties as your portfolio evolves.
Yes, all covers included in your landlord insurance policy (for both commercial and residential properties) are categorised as 'allowable expenses' by HMRC. This means you can write off the cost of your insurance policy against your taxable rental income for the tax year.
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