One of the main concerns landlords have when renting out their property is being unable to collect rent, especially at a time of constant uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Rent default insurance policies don’t only cover non-payment of rent but also damages to the property caused by tenants, theft or self defence.

The following provides some recommendations to consider before taking out such policies:

  • Select a reputable insurance company recognised by the Dirección General de Seguros. (ask the insurer for this certificate).
  • Cover has to be for a minimum of one year in consideration of the duration of a possible eviction process.
  • Ensure that the policy specifies whether you are renting on a long-term, seasonal or tourist basis, as policy conditions change.
  • Carry out solvency checks on the tenants (payslip, income statements, guarantors).
  • This insurance can only be taken out and paid for by owners, not tenants.
  • Carefully review the cover the policy offers. It is best to consult an expert (insurance agent or broker) or your lawyer.
  • Specify the characteristics of the property and take photographs and inventories (attach to the contract).

Author: J. Escobedo

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