Anyone who owns a holiday let often has this question on their mind: is accidental or malicious damage cover worth it? This will help you decide whether or not to add this optional cover to your holiday home insurance
There is always a risk that damage might occur, and these situations highlight the importance of having a policy that includes accidental damage or malicious damage cover if you’re letting your holiday home. As an optional extra on your holiday home insurance in the UK or abroad you can include damage caused by the tenants, to cover you up to the sum insured on buildings and contents and get your property back to normal if it needs repair work or redecoration.
Accidental damage cover, as its name suggests, covers those situations that occur unintentionally and unexpectedly in your home or holiday home, and it might cover damage to your property or its contents.
Some examples of accidental damage might be:
*Examples provided by the Intasure Claims team from real claims in 2017.
In the case of your holiday letting, the tenant is responsible for any damage they or their friends have caused, and they should report a genuine incident they have caused in your property and communicate with the holiday home owner to repair the problem. Hiding the damage or denying any knowledge of it could be avoidable if there’s an inventory to protect both parties in the short-tenancy agreement: both holiday home owner and guests.
Stains on the carpet of broken glasses are common issues a holiday let owner might encounter, but what if the guests are deliberately causing damage to your property? Malicious damage is any damage caused to another person’s property of another person in the form of vandalism, and it can potentially cause serious damage to your holiday letting income. But, happily, such incidents are not as common as accidental damage if you are selective about the guest you accept in your property, and that’s why from time to time we can find cases of malicious damage by tenants against properties.
As a holiday let owner, obligations are stringent, and you need to meet minimum standards (smoke detectors, electrical and gas safety certificate, fire blanket, etc.), and most insurers offer optional accidental damage cover to protect your investment in the event of damage to your property or a neighbour’s property (e.g. flooding if you live in a flat).
So there are some very important distinctions when it comes to malicious damage or accidental damage cover. Generally speaking, there are a couple of preventative steps you can take to reduce or identify in advance any damage to your holiday let, even if they’re not always 100% effective:
*The opinions and views expressed in the above articles are those of the author only and are for guidance purposes only. The authors disclaim any liability for reliance upon those opinions and would encourage readers to rely upon more than one source before making a decision based on the information.
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