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Landlord building insurance

Compare landlord insurance policies and get covered for natural disasters, tenant damage and more.

What you need to know

  • Landlord building insurance protects your rental property if it is damaged or destroyed.
  • You probably need landlord building insurance if you do not own a unit and want financial security.
  • It can cover unexpected damage, tenant damage, legal fees and more.

Compare landlord building insurance today

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

Optional

10% of the sum insured amount of your property
21 days
Annually
Save 15% on your first year's premium when you buy a home only policy online. T&Cs apply.
Youi Landlord Building Insurance

Optional

10% of the buildings sum insured
20 days
Annually
QBE Landlord Home Insurance
The lesser of: Up to 24 months of lost rent, or 20% of your sum insured amount
21 days
Annually
Save 10% on your Landlord Building Insurance policy in the first year for signing up online. T&Cs apply.
Seniors Landlords Building Insurance
The lesser of: 12 months rent, or 10% of your building sum insured, or the lost rent
14 days
Annually
Save 5% when you buy a combined building and contents policy. The discount will apply to the first 12 months of your Seniors Landlords Insurance policy. The discount will be reapplied for 12 months each time your Seniors Landlords Insurance policy is renewed. T&Cs apply.
Qantas Landlord Building Insurance

Optional

10% of your home sum insured
21 days
Annually
Earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points with every Qantas Landlord Insurance policy you take out by 22 April. T&Cs and exclusions apply.
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What is landlord building insurance?

Landlord building cover protects the physical structure of your property if it's damaged by an insured event like a natural disaster, fire or your tenant. The following is all considered "the building":

Building

The building itself (e.g. bricks and mortar)

plumbing systems

Electrical cables and plumbing system

Swimming pool

Other permanent structures (e.g. built-in swimming pools and air conditioning)

If you have a furnished or partially furnished property, then you should also consider getting landlord contents insurance. This covers the items you own and keep at your rental.

Do I need landlord building insurance?

Yes, if

  • You want a financial safeguard for your investment property.
  • You live in an area where natural disasters are common.
  • You rely on your property to earn an income.

Possibly not, if

  • You own a unit in an apartment block since your strata levies should cover the building insurance.

What is covered in landlord building insurance?

Fire

Damage from unexpected events

This includes damage from fires (including bushfires) storms, rainwater, floods, escaped water and lightning. Building cover also commonly includes mortgage discharge costs.

damage by tenants

Damage caused by tenants

This includes damage caused by visitors, pets and unknown persons. This can protect your property against accidental loss or damage, tenant damage and vandalism or theft.

Money loss

Loss of rent

If your building is damaged by an insured event and becomes uninhabitable, landlord building insurance can cover your loss of rent for a specific time – often up to a year. It can also cover rent default (if your tenant is unexpectedly unable to pay you rent).

Legal fees

Legal fees

Commonly referred to as legal liability, this covers you for death or bodily injury to other people as well as for damage to other people's property, usually up to $20 or $30 million.

What's excluded from cover?

Landlord contents insurance doesn't cover the following:

  • Regular maintenance
  • A poorly maintained property
  • Contents (e.g. the items you keep at the property)
  • Mould (unless the mould was covered by an insured event)
  • Roots of trees, shrubs and plants
  • Building defects
  • Wear and tear
  • Damage caused by vermin, insects or rodents
  • Damage caused by ground movement
  • Damage caused by movement of the sea
  • Damage caused by a power surge
  • Damage related to war

Insurers are unlikely to cover you for bushfires, storms, floods or tsunamis in the first 72 hours of your policy.

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