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What is landlord legal cover?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

Legal cover is optional cover you can add to your landlord buildings and contents insurance.

Legal cover can aid in the recovery of rent arrears and provide legal support to defend a prosecution against you that arises from you letting your property.

It can even provide cover towards any accommodation costs whilst you are unable to get possession of your property and you wish to live there.

What’s included with legal cover?

Landlord legal cover will provide you with legal protection for the following events:

Property damage, nuisance and trespass - Cover for your property or contents if are damaged or affected by a public or private nuisance or trespass.

Repossession - Support with repossession of your property where there are legal grounds to do so.

Recovery of rent arrears - Help to recover any rent arrears if your tenant doesn’t pay.

Prosecution defence - Provide prosecution defence against any alleged offences you’re accused of as a landlord.

Accommodation costs - If you are unable to access your property to live in it yourself, contribution towards the cost of alternative accommodation.

What are my landlord legal requirements?

Landlord insurance has strict stipulations around complying with UK legislation as a landlord, such as the Housing Act and Fire Safety Order. For a list of responsibilities and information regarding UK legislation, please visit the government website.

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