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Closing the Gaps in Commercial Real Estate Insurance

January 31, 2024

Today’s commercial real estate insurance landscape has challenges that make for unfamiliar territory, even for industry veterans. Current market trends include steep rate hikes, rising underwriting losses, complex reinsurance renewal cycles, and shrinking capacity. Addressing these difficulties requires agility and foresight. Besides reliable financial forecasts and market trend insights, having an integrated insurance plan that avoids gaps in coverage is critical to enterprise longevity. 

Insurance rate increases will likely continue with carriers’ concerns about environmental and human losses from natural disasters and civil unrest. Insurance coverage gaps can severely impact commercial real estate operations. Property owners now have higher premiums, lower coverage, and higher deductibles because insurance companies prioritize insurance-to-value (ITV).

What You Will Learn

  • Common Coverages in Commercial Real Estate Insurance
  • Potential Gaps Found in Common Coverages
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies
  • Closing the Gaps 

Common Coverages in Commercial Real Estate Insurance

While not inclusive, these insurance policies are necessary to protect commercial real estate operations: 

  • Property insurance: Protects physical structures and contents from loss or damage due to fire, storm, theft, and other perils
  • Liability insurance: Covers legal costs and claims if someone sustains an injury or damages others' property
  • Business interruption insurance: Helps carry the financial burden when a covered loss temporarily forces you to close doors
  • Workers' compensation insurance: Required in most states to provide financial support to employees injured on the job while shielding employers from potential lawsuits

Although these policies offer a solid foundation of commercial property insurance, coverage gaps often put property owners at risk of significant losses, and liability claims exist. An experienced insurance professional will proactively avoid such conditions and provide a comprehensive risk management strategy that identifies and fixes gaps.

Potential Gaps Found in Common Coverages

While the coverages listed below are vital, most have gaps that emerge. Some key areas where vulnerabilities lurk include:

  • Underinsured property: Does your policy's value reflect your property's current market worth? Underestimating its value could leave you facing significant financial burdens after a covered loss.
  • Limited liability coverage: Are your limits sufficient to cover potential lawsuits or claims fully? Does your existing policy address emerging risks like data breaches or drone accidents? Are there exclusions, such as professional services, covered separately?
  • Unforeseen business interruptions: Can your current coverage sustain your business if a disaster forces a prolonged closure? Unexpected delays in repairs or supply chain disruptions can wreak havoc on your finances.
  • Cybersecurity threats: In today's digital age, cyberattacks are an increasing problem for commercial real estate owners. Is your policy equipped to handle data breaches, ransomware attacks, or other malicious online activity?
  • Environmental liabilities: Environmental hazards like asbestos contamination or soil pollution can pose serious risks. Do you have specialized coverage in place to address these potential liabilities?
  • Lease agreement compliance: Does your insurance align with the obligations outlined in your lease agreements? Overlooking these requirements can lead to costly disputes with landlords.

Risk Mitigation Strategies

To navigate these potential gaps effectively, commercial real estate companies should consider several risk mitigation strategies:

  • Perform detailed risk assessments: Evaluate all facets of your business to identify vulnerabilities.
  • Diligently review and update policies: Circumstances vary with time, and so should your policy.
  • Seek specialized coverage for specific risks: Comprehensive protection may require tailored plans accommodating unique risks.
  • Engage with insurance professionals: Trustworthy and experienced insurance advocates like Sahouri can guide clients through these complexities.

Close the Gaps with Sahouri

At Sahouri Insurance, we're more than just insurance brokers; we're your advocates for achieving risk resilience. Our technology-driven, consulting-based approach to commercial real estate insurance gap identification and closure is unmatched. We integrate corporate risk, health, and benefits policies to protect your business from all angles.

Avoid risking your future. Contact Sahouri today to build a solid commercial real estate protection foundation. We can protect your investments so you can focus on growing your business. 

Let's bridge the gaps together. Contact Sahouri today.

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