An ongoing public liability claim received by a leading landlord insurer, which could reach in excess of £1 million, presents a stark reminder to landlords of the need for adequate insurance cover.
In the last two years, public liability claims received have reached an estimated £1.7 million. These claims are the slips, trips and falls by tenants that have been taken place at a property where the landlord is found responsible and although often unavoidable, without insurance protection such incidents can prove extremely costly for landlords.
In an ongoing case the guest of a tenant fell from a set of stairs and claimed tha tthe stairs were not “fit” for purpose. Because the claimant is of a young age, if the landlord is found legally liable as a result of negligence, the cost of the claim is likely to escalate into several millions including ongoing care and loss of potential earnings.
Fortunately for the landlord in question, he is protected by his public liability insurance which not only covers any damages which might be awarded to the claimant but also the legal costs of defending the claim and the claimants’ legal costs if the landlord is found at fault. Legal fees alone are expected to cost hundreds of thousands.
The insurer stated, “this is a particularly extreme case, but without insurance, this landlord would have been responsible for all costs associated with this incident. Not only could he have risked losing his buy-to-let investment, but his own home too in order to cover the costs in defending his case.
“Many landlords have very little idea of the level of their property insurance but this should serve as an eye-opener for anyone who has inadvertently cut corners when it comes to both property maintenance and insurance.” The case in on-going.
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