|January 8, 2021||No Comments|
Maunder Taylor have been specialising in property-related business insurance for clients in Whetstone, Totteridge, Potters Bar and the surrounding area for almost three decades. Here we outline the most important areas managed property owners need to be covered for.
The fabric of the building needs to be maintained so you will need buildings insurance. Many insurers offer specialist cover such as ‘block insurance’ or ‘block of flats buildings insurance’ which may cover some of the areas above – and they will also provide financial protection against fire, theft, floods and other extreme weather events. These types of policies also cover outbuildings, garages, driveways and other areas which do not part of any main building.
While buildings insurance will cover the fabric, fixtures and fittings of all communal areas, there may still be some removable items which you need to have insured separately, such as carpets and furniture. Remember, tenants are responsible for organising contents insurance for their own living space.
As a manager, you will need this for any accidents which occur within any of your properties. For example, a tenant could claim that they have been injured owing to some faulty electrics or suffered a fall because something was structurally unsound.
This is a legal requirement if your management company has any employees (even if it’s just one) who aren’t members of your immediate family. If you were to employ someone to make repairs to one of your flats and they are injured in the course of carrying out the work, then you need legal protection if they decide to pursue a claim against your company.
This is similar to employers’ liability insurance but protects individual company directors and officers against any legal actions relating to negligence, health and safety breaches, pollution caused by the company and defamation cases. It is often included under the wider umbrella of management liability insurance.
Maunder Taylor’s specialist insurance department was formed in 1992 to help advise the growing number of our clients who needed help picking their way through the intricacies of this area of work. We make sure they are covered for areas such as damage to their buildings or common parts contents, Public, Employers’, and Directors’ & Officers’ Liabilities, as well as other property-specific cover.
We ensure that all documentation is in plain English and that every property has the correct level of insurance cover. If you are under-insured, your costs may not be met in the event of a claim, and if you have too much cover you are probably paying too high a premium.
If any of our clients wish to delegate the work to us, we offer a property management service for both commercial properties and residential blocks of flats – including helping to deal with any insurance issues. We look after blocks of flats for all types of clients, including freehold companies, investor landlords, and residential management and right to manage companies. If you would like to know more about this aspect of our work, just click here.
Maunder Taylor also help our commercial clients with their property investments, whether it’s an individual shop or a retail parade, an office block or an industrial estate. We ensure that all the paperwork is dealt with, that the premises are fully compliant with all aspects of the law and we carry out an agreed number of inspections every year. To learn more, follow this link.