Commercial Property Insurance
What is Commercial Property Insurance?
Commercial property insurance is obtained by property owners to safeguard their buildings from financial ruin when occupied by other businesses. This may include retail shops, takeaways, offices, warehouses and manufacturing units. Depending on the size of the premises, there may be a mix of residential flats and commercial trades that you need to secure under a single policy. This is where we excel with 30 years' experience in the sector, encapsulating high levels of cover without breaking the bank via trusted UK insurers.
What does Commercial Property Insurance cover?
You'll need a range of covers when renting out a commercial premises to protect against fires, floods, accidental damage, criminal activity and storms which could vastly impact your income if uninsured. We know what matters to you and subsequently, can build an appropriate policy to suit your needs.
The main element to insure on the policy will be the structure of your building along with the walls, doors, windows, flooring, pipes and ceilings. Using this example scenario, a fire from a takeaway oven could destroy a commercial premises resulting in unrecoverable repair costs. Suitable cover would be based around the rebuild cost of the building to get you up and running again as quickly as possible.
Property Owners' Liability Insurance
Another fundamental level of cover for commercial properties is landlord liability insurance which provides cover for varying amounts usually up to £10 million. This protects you, as the landlord, against legal claims arising when a tenant or member of the public injures themselves after a problem with your premises. For example, a pipe could leak from within a tenant's shop leading to a slip by a member of the public. Any subsequent claims for compensation would be covered by your underlying insurer.
Employers Liability Insurance
If you employ any members of staff to undergo work at any of the buildings, such as cleaners/caretakers or volunteers, then it is a legal requirement to take out £10 million of cover for employers' liability insurance. This type of cover will defend you against claims brought forward by your employees for illness, injury and negligence.
Loss of Rent Insurance
Additional cover can be built into your commercial landlord policy to provide loss of rent protection. In the event that your commercial building suffered from an insured disaster and your premises became unhabitable, you would be able to make a claim for any lost income sustained. This would allow you to continue to earn a living whilst repairs are carried out.
It's often common for property owners to include fixtures, fittings and other items under their commercial property owners insurance. This can protect you financially from unexpected outgoings when damage occurs. For example, your own fixtures/fittings may be ruined following water damage during a flood and will therefore need replacing at your expense if uninsured.
Accidental Damage Insurance
You may want to include accidental damage insurance within your policy to protect your building and contents from unintentional damage caused by the tenant or a member of the public.
Please bear in mind, it's important to make sure that the correct level of sums insured are specified when taking out cover to avoid being under insured. We can go through this with you.
Get cover for Commercial Property Insurance
If you need to insure a single premises, a portfolio consisting of mixed residential and commercial tenants or an unoccupied building, we are here to guide you through a quotation. As a long standing insurance broker in Greater Manchester, our advice is completely independent with your interests at heart. Our professional service doesn't stop when you take out cover either, we'll be happy to expertly manage a claim for you - stress free.
Why B&M Insurance?
- Excellent service over 30 years
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- Comprehensive levels of cover
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