Is renter’s insurance really necessary? Yes, losses and accidents happen when you least expect them too; it's just a part of life. Your laptop is stolen, someone trips and falls while giving a party, and your apartment is damaged by fire, and you need a place to stay until repairs are done; each of these events would put you in a financial bind, and Renters Insurance is designed to help. The landlord will have insurance that protects the physical dwelling, whether it's an apartment, condo, or house, but you're responsible if you or a visitor are injured or your personal stuff is lost or damaged due to a variety of factors. In today's world, most prudent landlords insist on Renters Insurance as a requirement of the lease agreement.
What level of protection do I require? To determine just out how much insurance you need, total up the costs of everything you possess, including your bed, furniture, clothing, electronics, and dishes. In a one-bedroom apartment, the average tenant has roughly $20,000 in personal belongings; in a compact three-bedroom house, the average renter has about $50,000 in personal items.
What exactly is my landlord's responsibility? Your landlord will have separate property insurance, which may vary based on the business with which they are covered, but in general, that insurance policy will only cover the building itself. If your personal property is destroyed or stolen, your landlord is not liable. That is the purpose of renters insurance coverage.
What exactly is covered? A Renters policy has three parts: personal property, loss of use, and liability.
The term "personal property" refers to your own stuff. Power surges, fire, vandalism, theft, and other occurrences beyond your control are all covered under your policy.
The cost of a hotel, foods and other expenditures that you incur if you are unable to dwell in your apartment due to a covered occurrence is covered under Loss of Use.
When your dog gets free and bites the mailman or your bathtub overflows and damages the apartment below, liability compensates for bodily harm and property damage caused by your negligence.
How much does it set you back? The cost varies according on the state, the liability limit, and the amount of personal property you wish to insure. A typical renters insurance policy includes a personal property limit of $30,000
and a liability limit of $100,000. A simple renters insurance policy can set you back $15-$30 per month. That's a little fee to pay for the assurance of knowing you're protected.
There are several factors that influence the cost of renters insurance, including:
- Location - the cost of Renters insurance is heavily influenced by your zip code.
- The size of the structure and the number of units can influence the cost of your insurance.
- Your insurance score may play a role in the cost of insurance in some states.
- Having a certain breed of dog may lead to a higher rate.
- Your premium will be determined by the amount of coverage you choose. A lower rate is associated with a greater deductible.