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Commercial Buildings Insurance for Landlords

We provide herewith a summary of questions relative to commercial insurance, this is not an exhaustive list.

 

Will my landlord insurance cover my commercial property?

 
Absolutely not! You will need an commercial landlord insurance policy made specifically for commercial buildings. Insurers treat commercial properties differently to residential buildings. An important factor in the premium calculation is the type of business occupying the premises. For instance, an office block occupied by clerical workers may be a very low risk for an insurance company. Whereas a takeaway restaurant with a deep fat fryer could be a very high risk. It all depends on what the occupier does, and at what time of the day and week. There are some categories which may be a surprisingly high risk to insurers. Trades such as DIY stores, electrical goods stores, furniture and carpet shops and dry cleaners/launderettes.
 

What type of cover will I have?

 
You will have insurance covers including the building as standard. This will also include property owners liability insurance. That will cover guests or employees attending your premises that hurt themselves due to a building fault. The level of cover can vary between £2M to £10M.
 

Can I have loss of rent covered?

 
Yes, we can cover you for loss of rent and again this relates to the type of business. The longer the cover i.e. whether 12 or 36 months then the cheaper the cover can be.
 

Does it cover my employees working on site?

 
Yes, it can. This may be subject to an additional premium. It depends on what they are doing at the property.
 

Are legal costs included?

 
Legal disputes can stretch the resources of any business. They can be complicated, costly and time-consuming. We can provide specialist policies that will help businesses and employees during legal disputes. You will find that most insurance companies have some form of legal costs cover for commercial property policies. However, it is important to check the perils covered and the level of cover provided. You can request to add legal expenses cover either from the start of the policy or midway through. Therefore, ensuring that the right cover is in place.
You will find that most insurance companies have some form of legal costs cover for commercial property policies. It is important to check the perils covered and the level of cover provided.
 

Do I need Terrorism?

It is essential in certain areas to have terrorism cover. It will depend on individual factors specific to the business and its nature. The policy will protect the business against property damage and interruption caused by the acts of Terrorism. We would always suggest that you have this cover but it is up to you. You could always add the cover as an additional item and pay an additional premium. Please don’t hesitate to speak to us in this regard.

Summary

 
We can cover a wide range of commercial properties. This can range from purpose built office blocks to mobile home sites to retail shops and restaurants. There are very little scenarios that cannot be covered. However, each commercial policy needs an individual rating. We need to ensure that we have the whole of your property covered with the right commercial insurance for your building. We can even cover unoccupied commercial property. Which can be difficult to find a provider for.
 
Mark Harrington
 
Managing Director
 
iInsure365

Unoccupied Commercial Property Insurance

Most standard home insurance, contents insurance, office insurance, or shop insurance policies are designed for occupied properties. Whether the occupant happens to be a homeowner, a tenant or a small business (in case of commercial property). Insuring an unoccupied property is a lot more complicated because empty properties are classed as non-standard and thus need a specialist insurance policy.

 

The reason a standard insurance policy won’t cut the mustard is if your building is empty insurers generally tend to see an unoccupied property as a high insurance risk. That might be because their insurance claims data suggests that empty buildings have a higher risk of water damage, rising damp, vandalism, burglary, or squatters. But whatever the reason for it. If your property is going to be vacant for an extended period of time (more than 30 days) you will need to invest in a policy that takes those elevated risks into account.

Why are vacant properties hard to insure?

Empty properties have a higher risk of water damp, mould, rising damp and even fire damage because they are left unattended for extended periods of time.

 

Squatters are much more likely to target an empty commercial property. Offices or shops particularly if they have been vacant for a long time. Empty properties are more likely to experience vandalism than occupied properties. Most of the time, they also represent an easier target for thieves. Since there is much less chance of a burglar to be caught in the act.

 

All those increased risks translate to high insurance premiums when signing up for unoccupied property cover. Since insurance providers will take into account the increased likelihood that they might have a claim.

Unoccupied commercial insurance is extremely difficult to arrange compared to standard commercial insurance. Many insurance companies do not like to insure the properties as they represent a high risk. Insurers are reluctant to provide cover and premiums can often be higher compared to other building types. We can still obtain insurance covers for you but the actual cover itself may be quite restrictive.

Should I take professional advice on how to protect my unoccupied commercial property?

 

You will find that most insurance companies will require some form of security protection at the property. Especially considering that squatters cannot reside in residential properties. An insurance company may request 24-hour security, wired fencing and even surveillance cameras. It is important to drain down the water systems and turn them off. Also, make sure that there are no valuable contents within the property itself. It may be that the insurer requires boarding up of the windows as well.

Do I need to look at the security of my property?

 

Yes, we would suggest that you, first of all, do a risk assessment of the property. This is to see if there are any potential points of entry for someone looking to break in. Seek local advice from the police of whether there could be a problem with an empty property. We would suggest that you secure the perimeter to deter people from entering the property. Also, you can look at installing closed-circuit TV and alarms.

You will often find that CCTV is a must have for anyone looking to protect a commercial property. It will go a long way to potentially reducing the buildings insurance risk which improves the insurance premium. You should then ensure that any important equipment at the property is either removed or secured. It would also make sense to advertise the security on the outside of the building to let potential criminals know that they are being watched. We would suggest that you also carry out regular checks or have somebody carry these out for you.

The more security measures that you put in place the more likely your premium will come down. It is essential to show your insurance company that you are doing your best to protect your investment.

Can I take out a policy for a short or long period?

 

Yes, you can take out a policy for any length of period as long as the Insurance Company are willing to offer it. Terms can be quite restrictive and premiums extremely high but we are able to offer cover.

Summary

Unoccupied commercial property insurance is extremely difficult to obtain. We do have markets that will help you cover your property but terms can be restrictive and premiums high. It is important that you do your best to ensure that security professionals check your property. This is to ensure that you are doing the best you can to protect it. If you would like a quote for an unoccupied property insurance request a call back and speak to one of our team.

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