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Why landlords need to understand the importance of fair value

by John Saunders
22nd Apr 24 3:51 pm

In today’s economic climate, the concept and consideration of “fair value” is paramount for landlords and consumers alike. Consumers seek assurance that prices align with the benefits they receive, while landlords and leaseholders face increasing regulatory supervision within the building insurance process.

To ensure fairness for all parties involved, it’s imperative for landlords, insurers, brokers, and managing agents to transparently demonstrate that their policies and premiums embody fair value. This emphasis on equitable treatment underscores the paramount importance of comprehensively understanding and adhering to the concept of fair value. By doing so, an environment is created where no party is taken advantage of, with trust and confidence fostered throughout the insurance process.

By embracing the concept of fair value, a sustainable and mutually beneficial insurance ecosystem is created where consumers receive appropriate and fair coverage, landlords are adequately protected, and all parties involved operate with integrity and transparency. It’s a win-win situation that fosters trust, encourages investment, and ultimately contributes to the overall health and vitality of the insurance industry.

What is a fair value assessment?

A fair value assessment is a method of systematically evaluating whether insurance prices are justifiable. The concept of fair value comes directly from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is designed to protect consumers from unjustifiably expensive costs. The government commissioned the FCA to achieve fair value in the insurance industry.

H2i Insurance Brokers commented:

“Understanding fair value is crucial for landlords in today’s market. It’s not just about setting the ‘right’ insurance for consumers; it’s about ensuring leaseholders and tenants who contribute to insurance premiums receive fair value for their money. It remains to be seen whether this becomes part of a wider review of the leasehold landscape by the government.

“Landlords can unknowingly fall short of fair value assessments, and should the FCA inquire, a clear justification for their pricing decisions will have to be provided. Proactively addressing fair value minimises regulatory risk and showcases a commitment to ethical practices.”

Benefits of fair value for landlords

Beyond regulatory compliance, embracing fair value principles offers several advantages for landlords:

Tenant Attraction and Retention: Fair prices will ultimately attract leaseholders and tenants who value a relationship built on trust and transparency. Happy leaseholders and tenants are more likely to renew leases, saving landlords on advertising costs, cleaning, and turnover.

Reputation: Landlords who prioritise fair value build a positive reputation, potentially making it easier to fill vacancies.

Reduced Disputes: Fair and transparent pricing practices can minimise the likelihood of disputes and disagreements with leaseholders and tenants over perceived unfair charges.

Fair value for everyone

By adhering to fair value, landlords protect themselves from regulatory action, build stronger relationships, and promote a more ethical and sustainable market. It’s a win-win approach ensuring that landlords, leaseholders and tenants get a fair deal.

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