Uptake in rent protection spikes amid ongoing cost of living crisis

A rising number of tenants unable to pay their rent due to the cost of living crisis and mounting uncertainty in the wider economic climate have seen a 57% increase in uptake of rent protection amongst landlords looking to protect themselves against rental arrears or income disruption, according to Paymentshield.

Related topics:  Protection,  Landlords
Warren Lewis
23rd November 2022
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The general insurance platform provider revealed data from the most recent two quarters, highlighting the increase in protection as an optional extra alongside its popular Landlord’s Insurance product and also reports that, throughout the two quarters, purchases of the add-on product consistently increased month-on-month.

This continuous acceleration demonstrates a growing unease in the lettings sector - particularly among the thousands of private landlords owning smaller portfolios of properties, among whom Paymentshield’s products are most prevalent.

Louise Pengelly, proposition director at Paymentshield, explains the rapid rise in demand: “Given the current cost-of-living crisis, it’s no surprise that more and more people are struggling to pay the rent, which creates a knock-on effect across the entire economy with landlords, in turn, feeling the fear.

“Many ‘accidental landlords’, who perhaps inherited a property or were left with an empty property after moving in with a partner, are now relying heavily on that rental income, where once it may have just been seen as a means of topping up their earnings.”

“Indeed, landlords at this end of the market, far from being institutions with automated processes and built-in loss mitigation, are anxious to protect the money they have coming in and avoid mortgage arrears or worse.”

Louise concludes: “It’s clear from the reporting across the industry that the growth in the number of landlords making claims is expected to reflect the growth in demand for cover.

“With that in mind, it’s absolutely worth advisers discussing optional extras with their landlord clients. Rent protection can provide peace of mind in what, unfortunately, could be an increasingly likely reality for some landlords.”

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