Landlord contents insurance

Landlord contents insurance protects the items you own, not your tenants. But even if your property is unfurnished, you might still need it.

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What you need to know

  • Landlord contents insurance covers the items you own and keep at your rental property.
  • It can pay to repair or replace items that have been damaged or destroyed by an insured event.
  • It is ideal for landlords with furnished properties but may still be necessary if your property is unfurnished.

Compare landlord contents insurance policies here.

Name Product Tenant Default and Damage Loss of Rent Accidental Damage Sum Insured Safeguard Cooling-off Period Cheapest way to pay
Budget Direct Landlord Contents Insurance

Optional

No
21 days
Annually
Save 15% on your first year's premium when you buy a contents insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
Youi Landlord Contents Insurance

Optional

$2,000 per month
20 days
Annually
Qantas Landlord Contents Insurance

Optional

No
21 days
Annually
Seniors Landlord Contents Insurance
No
14 days
Annually
Buy online and save up to 10% on landlord contents insurance in the first year. T&Cs apply.
Woolworths Landlord Contents Insurance
No
14 days
Annually
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What is landlord contents insurance?

Landlord contents insurance protects the items you own and keep at your rental property. If they're damaged or destroyed by an insured event, such as a fire, storm or malicious damage by your tenant, it can pay to repair or replace them.

It's designed to help you avoid a hefty replacement bill if you're the landlord of a furnished property and the contents get damaged.

Most insurers offer new for old replacement. This means they will pay you for the cost of a new item, not your item's current value.

Why do I need landlord contents insurance?

Fire

Damage from unexpected events

For example, fires (including bushfires) storms, rainwater, floods, escaped water and lightning.

Package

Unfurnished property

Even if you have an unfurnished rental, you might still need contents cover. Items like carpets, blinds, some air conditioning units and white goods such as washing machines are generally included in contents insurance. If your property is ruined by a natural disaster, insurance can replace all of these furnishings and fittings.

Dollar
Costs can add up!
Many property managers recommend that furnished rentals come equipped with basics like plates, bowls and glasses. Individually, these may not cost much – but if something serious like a fire, cyclone or storm hits and the whole property is damaged, you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in replacement costs.

3 common landlord contents

Carpets

Carpets

white goods

Appliances such as white goods

Blindsl

Blinds and curtains

What is covered in landlord contents insurance?

Landlord contents insurance covers the items you own and keep at the property. If an insured event occurs, it can cover:

  • Lost or damaged contents
  • Accidental and malicious damage by tenants
  • Motor burnout
  • New for old replacement
  • Storage of undamaged contents

What's excluded from cover?

Landlord contents insurance doesn't cover:

  • Regular maintenance
  • The building, for example the bricks and mortar
  • Your tenant's contents
  • Wear and tear to your items
  • Mouldy items (unless the mould was covered by an insured event)
  • Building defects
  • Damage to contents caused by vermin, insects or rodents
  • Damage to contents caused by movement of the sea

Make sure you take out landlord contents insurance before bad weather like a flood, storm or bushfire has become a known event. As soon as it's recorded by the BOM or on the news, you won't be able to make a claim for damage related to that event.

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