Just because your landlord has coverage doesn’t mean that you do, too. In most cases,
your landlord’s insurance policy covers only structural damage to the building itself. If
the structure goes up in flames, your landlord’s coverage would include repairs to the
building, but not reimburse you for your possessions.
Renters insurance provides protection against both property loss and liability in the event
that you cause injury or property damage. To learn more about what that means, we’ve
covered some basics about each.
Renters insurance covers your possessions against damage for things such as fire, smoke,
lightning, vandalism, theft and water damage—but not flooding—to name a few. It also
extends beyond on premise theft and hazards, covering property that is stolen from your
car, or lost or damaged anywhere you happen to be.
There are two personal property coverage options to choose from: replacement cost value or
actual cash value. We recommend insuring your personal property for its replacement cost value
so that you can replace yesterday’s purchases at today’s prices.
In addition to protecting your personal property, renters insurance also protects you in the
event that you are responsible for injury or property damage to others. That means you’ll
likely be protected if someone slips and sprains their ankle at your annual birthday bash.
Liability also provides coverage for legal defense costs and judgments in a lawsuit,
whether the incident occurred within your rented residence, or elsewhere.
Is Coverage Affordable?
Because renters insurance covers only the value of your belongings, not the building, the premium
is relatively inexpensive. For about the same cost as going to the movies once a month, you can
gain peace of mind, regardless of life’s unexpected mishaps.