By now, most of you are aware that the new MA Lodging Tax on short-term rentals includes a requirement that every home carry at least $1 million in liability insurance. So, take a look at your current policy to determine the amount of liability coverage you have. If it’s not adequate, the first step is to contact your insurance agent.
To start, make sure that your agent is aware that you rent out your home. This is very important as rental homes can have different coverage than normal homeowner policies, and some insurance carriers have different requirements for rental homes.
If you are currently insured through the Mass Fair Plan (MPIUA), which caps its liability coverage at $500,000, or your policy with another carrier is less than $1M, you have two options in order to comply with the requirement:
- Take out an umbrella policy to supplement your current one. One option for a supplemental or umbrella policy is AAA.
- Cancel your current policy when it expires and create a new one from a carrier that protects your rental home adequately, including the $1M in liability coverage. One good option is a division of Lloyds of London called Proper Insurance.
The new MA Lodging Tax can be daunting, but there is no question that it’s in the best interests of us vacation rental homeowners to be adequately protected while we open our homes to strangers.