Sometimes, the most rentable properties are not the ones that increase in value the fastest.…
By Sarah Barton, Terri Scheer Insurance Distribution Channel Manager
Terri Scheer Insurance hopes that you have been able to enjoy this holiday season during what has been an irregular start to the year.
We understand from our ongoing discussions with property managers that short stay bookings have been strong this summer as Australians holiday close to home.
There are expectations this trend may extend into autumn, Easter and school holidays at the end of term one.
This creates good opportunities for property managers to support savvy holiday home owners to grow or create an additional source of income via short stay rentals.
For the holiday home owner, any increase in bookings carries with it increased risk. This includes theft, tenant damage and legal liability issues arising from injuries sustained at the property by guests.
The risks can be significant when you consider that a holiday home may be rented out a number of times a year.
If you have holiday homes on your rent roll, here are some key points to be aware of:
The most common insurance claims for holiday rentals
Water damage, tenant damage and loss of rent are the top three reasons for claims made on our Terri Scheer Insurance Short Stay Policy.
Water damage is the most common insurance claim and includes burst water pipes under sinks, leaking hot water systems and dishwashers.
It’s important landlords put measures in place to safeguard their holidays homes and protect them from potential risks.
Facilitating insurance claims
Most holiday makers do the right thing, but even the most careful guests can unintentionally damage property.
Theft from a holiday home which may be fully or partly furnished is also another potential risk.
If an insurance claim arises from either of these scenarios, the landlord will need to provide evidence of which guest was responsible for the damage or theft.
This can be a challenge if the holiday home has been rented a number of times in short succession.
As a property manager, a key benefit you can provide to your landlords is having appropriate identification procedures in place.
Terri Scheer supporting property managers
At Terri Scheer Insurance, we actively encourage owners of holiday home rentals to use the services of a property manager.
We highlight the important role you play in protecting their investment including regular property inspections, responding to maintenance requests and assisting with claims if there is an insurable event at the property.
Benefits of holiday rental insurance
Holiday home owners should look for a landlord insurance policy that specifically covers short-term tenancies with clauses for tenant damage, theft, loss of rent and legal liability.
Holiday rental insurance can provide peace of mind that a landlord won’t be left out of pocket if their holiday home is damaged by a guest or robbed over the holidays.
We recently asked a holiday home owner to share their thoughts on holiday rental insurance with us:
“We rent our holiday home to create additional income that helps to offset our investment. It’s in an ideal location close to the beach where our family loves to relax and holiday, and we enjoy being able to offer the same opportunity to other families.
“As a short-term rental that is fully-furnished and attracts frequent guests, property damage is a risk and accidents can happen. We have short stay insurance to protect the property and its contents from damage as well as from a legal liability point of view.
“Owning a holiday home is a significant investment and insurance gives us peace of mind we are covered if something goes wrong.
“There is also property management in place to look after enquiries and bookings, arrange cleaning and undertake inspections in between each stay.
“Our aim is to attract repeat guests as they will be more vested in caring for our holiday home. This makes it important to keep on top of maintenance and we have done additional work in the lead-up to the busy summer period.”
For further information, call 1800 804 016.
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