Renters insurance is a must-have if you rent an apartment or house. Many people do not understand what it is or think that it’s an unnecessary expense. The truth is, the expense is well worth it if you ever need to file a claim on it, and chances are, you will file a claim at some point.
Who needs it?
Anyone who rents an apartment or house needs it. It doesn’t matter what you own, or how much your possessions are worth. The insurance covers much more than just your belongings.
What does it cover?
The insurance reimburses you for your lost or damaged possessions due to fire, theft or vandalism. It also covers your liability if a visitor is injured on the premises you’re renting. Your landlord may have liability insurance, but depending on the circumstances, you may be the one on the hook for expenses related to an injury.
How does it work?
It pays your costs when you suffer a loss, such as theft or fire. The type and amount of compensation depends on the type of coverage you purchase. In addition, if someone is severely injured while visiting you, they can file a claim with your insurance.
Why should I get it?
The fact is, most people can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket to replace their belongings after a theft or fire. Most people also can’t afford to pay for the expenses associated with an injury on their property. Your landlord’s insurance on the property will not cover your possessions, and may not cover liability.
Anyone who rents their residence should have renters insurance. Even if your landlord doesn’t require it in your lease, it’s important for your own peace of mind and for your bottom line, to make sure that you’re protected in the event of a robbery, fire, or vandalism to your things.