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Everything you need to know about Renters Insurance
Whether you dig maintenance-free living or you’re just not ready for a fixed-rate commitment, you rent. And you’ve got things, right? Over-priced purses, a near-complete baseball card collection of the ’85 world-champion Royals, or maybe even a beautiful assortment of bling.
Our agency will search far and wide to find you the right renters’ insurance to keep whatever goodies you’ve got properly protected.
What Is Renters Insurance?
Basically, it’s a contract between you and an insurance company, where the insurer will help to pay the tab if you, a visitor or your personal goodies get damaged due to any number of causes.
Is Renters Insurance Mandatory?
Nope. Unlike homeowners’ insurance, which is required by most mortgage lenders, purchasing renters’ insurance is up to you. In some cases, however, a landlord may require it. So I guess we should change that “nope” to a “maybe”?
Is Renters Insurance Worth It?
Take a good look around your place, and write down everything you own, down to the last popcorn kernel. Now, how much would it cost to buy all that stuff brand-new? Add it all up and the actual retail price is… most likely worth it.
Should I Get Renters Insurance?
Yes, it protects your things, but it can also help to cover the costs of lawsuits, living expenses if you need to move out temporarily, and medical bills if you or a visitor is injured. So for the monthly price of two burritos and a fountain drink, you could get yourself some solid peace-of-mind.
Protect Yourself with a Renters Insurance Policy
If you are currently renting a house or apartment, protect yourself financially with a renters insurance policy.
Insurance Considerations of Turning Your Extra Bedroom Into a Rental
If you live alone or have extra space in your home, you may have considered renting out a room in your house as an option to earn some extra income. Whether you live close to a vacation destination or are debating looking for a long-term tenant, renting a room in your home as opposed to an entire unit can often be a more affordable option for renters.
If you own a home, you already know you need homeowners insurance to protect your investment. But what insurance policy do you need to adequately protect your rental property?
Having the right insurance package can save you a headache in the long run. Here are a few things to know about insuring your rental property the right way:
Consider obtaining additional coverage. A standard homeowners insurance policy typically doesn’t cover damage that occurs when the space is being used as a rental.
Ensure your space qualifies as a rental. If you’re unsure about whether your situation is fully considered “renting,” contact your insurance provider. Different insurance companies have different rules for what qualifies as a rental, such as whether the person living there is a family member, whether the space has a separate entrance and how the space is attached to the main structure. Making sure you’re aligned to your insurance provider’s definition is key to choosing the right coverages.
Stay protected with Dwelling Fire insurance. If you are renting out your property for any length of time, you will need landlord insurance. Most landlord polices come standard with liability insurance, property damage and loss of income coverage, which reimburses you for rent lost as a result of the unit becoming uninhabitable. You can also take out additional coverages, such as flood insurance, to further protect your property.
Encourage tenants to get renters insurance. Although not required by state law, renters insurance is the only way your tenants can protect their belongings, because your landlord’s insurance won’t cover their personal property. It can also protect tenants from having to pay out of pocket for other common incidents like water backup damage and certain natural disasters – which helps you protect your investment.
Now that you have the full scoop on homeowners insurance for rental properties, it may be time to get a review of your homeowners insurance policy. We invite you to contact our office for a no-obligation review of all your insurance needs.