How Renters Insurance Works
Renter insurance offers coverage similar to homeowner insurance for people who rent living space, such as an apartment, single - or multi-family home.
The landlord generally buys insurance coverage to protect his or her interest, such as the building, loss of rents, liability, etc. It does not cover your property.
What a Standard Renter Policy Includes
Renter insurance is normally a special package that combines coverage for:
- Personal Liability - Provides protection against claims someone else makes against you.
- Premises Medical Coverage - Pays the medical expenses of others accidentally injured on the property you rent.
- Additional Living Expense - Pays for your living expenses if the living space you rent is deemed unlivable and has to stay somewhere else temporarily.
- Personal Property Coverage - Standard renter policies only cover the actual cash value at the time of the loss. Some personal property, like gold or jewelry, has a specific dollar limit that the policy will cover.
What to Consider When Buying Renter Insurance
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- Policies and prices can vary from company to company. Don't be afraid to comparison shop.
- Some companies only offer renter insurance if you buy all of your insurance from them, such as auto coverage.
- Check your rental or lease contract with the landlord. The landlord may require you to carry specific coverage.