It is no secret that Insurance is largely calculated based on the postcode of the property, the type of tenant, and the risk of flooding, and crime rates etc. Insurers also hike premiums for city locations for no other reason than city prices are expected, by the consumer, to be higher.
As far as Landlords of Student Let properties are concerned, Landlords who need an HMO Insurance policy can expect to pay huge premiums if the postcode is even remotely near a city university. Landlords HMO Insurance near any of the universities in London is automatically inflated, as it is in Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and so on and so forth. There are slightly higher risks to an insurer when the property is let on a multi tenure basis to students, but the price increases outweigh that risk.
It is vital that Landlords avoid the main big brands, and the insurers who are running TV advertisements, and delve deeper into what is actually available to them. Insurance is a massive market, there are hundreds of Insurers and underwriters who want a piece of that city business, and are willing to offer more competitive deals, but you need to shop clever!
Landlords HMO Insurance is a niche product that requires specific underwriting, and by choosing a specialist insurer, and not just the big names that come to mind immediately – savings can be made. For example – if you let your property to Phd students, some insurers will classify those tenants as working professionals. This can halve the cost of the Insurance to the landlord. It is not a broadcast fact because the type of Insurers that offer these savings are not plastered all over the media. Insurers like Ageas, Lloyds of London, Vasek, Equity Redstar and many more;- all reputable established underwriting companies – but you don’t hear their name on the TV or Radio.
There are lots of ways to keep the costs of HMO Insurance manageable, and lots of Insurers will offer incentives to Landlords such as Interest Free Direct Debits, to help with their bottom line, and cash flow – again, this is not always a well-known and advertised fact. They simply sit behind UK Insurance Brokers, providing specific Insurance policies to their clients at low-cost rates because they don’t need to service the customer directly, and can save money on the business. The Customer Service, the Advertising Costs, the Administration costs – they are all the brokers’ costs, so the Insurance provider can afford to offer better rates.
Going directly to the biggest names will automatically cost you more as a policy holder. Use a Broker – particularly for niche products. Brokers have access to a large range of products and turn over a high volume of business to the insurers; this enables the Landlord to benefit from choice, and much more competitive premiums. This particularly applies to Landlords who need HMO Insurance Policy’s, with city postcodes near a University or College.
It makes absolute sense for any property owner to shop wisely, and protect their investment with quality Insurance.