Renters occupy more than 140,000 homes in Maine. For some in this state, working as a landlord provides a bit of extra income, while, for others, it is a full-time job that serves as their main source of revenue. Either way, a suitable landlord insurance policy is necessary to protect the investment that Maine’s landlords have made in their rental properties. If you are considering entering the landlord business, know that it is important to compare insurance policies and quotes to make sure that the coverage you purchase is both inclusive and competitively priced.
2012 Rental Statistics: How ME Compares with the Nation
- Median gross rent:
- United States: $884 per month
- Maine: $744 per month:
- South Portland: $925
- Portland: $908
- Biddeford: $791
- Bangor: $714
- Auburn: $684
- Lewiston: $656
- Augusta: $643
- Percentage of rental properties that are vacant:
- United States: 6.77%
- Maine: 6.25%
- Percentage of households that live in rental units:
- United States: 36.09%
- Maine: 28.59%
Residents of Maine have varying housing needs. There are many reasons why people in this state choose renting over homeownership. For example, the economic recession made renting popular because it is a more affordable housing option. Those who attend or work at any of this state’s many colleges and universities may also choose to rent, as their living arrangements are frequently temporary.
Landlords in Maine can benefit from this need for affordable and temporary housing. Those who own properties on Maine’s beautiful coastline can make a lot of money renting their homes by the week or month to tourists and vacationers. Landlords with properties in college towns, such as Augusta and Farmington, can count on a steady stream of renters during each successive school year.
Regardless of where your rental property is or whether you provide renters with long- or short-term leases, you would be wise to protect your investment with a top-rated landlord insurance policy.
What Landlords Are Charging for Rent in Maine
- Less than $200: a total of 12,806 renters, making up 8.9%
- $200 to $299: a total of 10,512 renters, making up 7.3%
- $300 to $499: a total of 44,055 renters, making up 30.7%
- $500 to $749: a total of 46,780 renters, making up 32.5%
- $750 to $999: a total of 14,428 renters, making up 10.0%
- $1,000 to $1,499: a total of 3.764 renters, making up 2.6%
- $1,500 or more: a total of 999 renters, making up 0.7%
- No cash rent: a total of 10,383 renters, making up 7.2%
Those who are new to the business of renting out property are often surprised to learn that most traditional homeowners insurance policies will not cover damage to the home if there were tenants living in it. A landlord insurance policy is necessary to cover loss, damage or liability expenses that occur in your Maine rental properties.
Is Landlord Insurance Expensive in Maine?
You can expect your landlord insurance policy to be a bit more expensive than traditional homeowners insurance would be. This is because there are more inherent risks when tenants occupy your property. Your tenants need to cover their personal belongings themselves through a renters insurance policy. You, however, are responsible for covering damage to the home, your own personal property and any liability expenses that may arise.
Your policy rate will depend on a number of factors including the following:
- The insured value of your rental home
- The location of your rental home
- Security features included with your home
- The number of tenants on the lease
- The amount of your deductible
- The insurance provider you choose
Landlord Insurance Covers Your Maine Rental Property
A bit of wear and tear in an occupied home is to be expected, but tenants may cause extensive damage to your rental home. Weather events, particularly along this state’s coastline, can also lead to property loss and damage to your home. Hurricane force winds, severe storms and hail can all lead to damage both to the structure of your rental home and to your own personal property such as appliances, carpets and fixtures that you include within the home.
When you purchase your landlord insurance policy, be sure to purchase enough coverage to rebuild your rental home if a disaster, such as a fire, destroys it, and to have enough contents coverage to replace any items you include with the home.
Keep in mind that landlord insurance does not cover flood damage. To protect your home from the damaging effects of an overflow event, be sure to supplement with a flood insurance policy. These policies cover the building only. Your tenants will have to cover their personal belongings with their own contents-only flood insurance policy.
Maine Property Crime Statistics
- More than 7,800 burglaries occur in this state each year.
- Burglary affects approximately 5.91 out of every 1,000 residences in this state each year.
- This is well under the national rate of 7.02 per 1,000 households.
Although the burglary rate in this state is relatively low, rental units are statistically more likely to be broken into than are homes occupied by the homeowners. Burglaries and thefts may result in property loss or damage to your rental property. Renters insurance would need to cover any personal items stolen from your tenants, but you would be responsible for damage to your own property, such as broken-in doors or windows.
In the event that your home were damaged or your own personal property, such as appliances or fixtures in the home, were taken, your landlord insurance would provide coverage so that repairing or replacing these items would not create an undue financial burden on you.
Landlord Insurance Covers You Against Liability Claims
Your landlord insurance policy will also protect you from liability if your tenant or one of your tenants’ guests is injured or suffers property damage while on your property. Other examples of problems for which you may be held liable include:
- Hospitalizations or deaths due to carbon monoxide leaks in the home
- Property damage or injuries due to a fire that could have been avoided had the smoke alarms and fire extinguishers you provided been in proper working order
- Faulty wiring leading to injury or property loss for your tenants.
Your landlord insurance provider will often attempt to settle all claims out of court. If a covered event does go to trial in Maine, your landlord insurance policy will cover your court costs and any legal fees you accrue in your defense as well.
Compare Quotes to Find a Great Rate for Landlord Insurance
Whether done online or by telephone, however, comparison-shopping for landlord insurance can be time-consuming and frustrating. Working with an insurance agent in the Trusted Choice® network can save you time and money. These independent agents can work with many different insurance carriers to provide you with a variety of competitively priced policies from which to choose.
Contact a Trusted Choice agent near your Maine residence for more information on landlord insurance quotes.