Do I really need renter’s insurance?

Do I really need renter’s insurance?

October 17, 2023

It is highly recommended for renters to buy renter's insurance to protect their personal belongings and liability. Many renters do not purchase renter's insurance because they think they are covered by their landlord's policy (which is not true) or underestimate the value of their belongings. While it's not legally required in most states, having renter's insurance can give you peace of mind and financial protection in case of an unexpected disaster or accident. 

Renter's insurance will provide:  

  • Protection for personal belongings: Renter's insurance covers personal belongings in case they are damaged, destroyed, or stolen due to covered events such as fire, theft and vandalism. This coverage can help you replace your possessions, including furniture, electronics, clothing, and other valuable items.  
  • Liability coverage: Renter's insurance typically includes world-wide liability coverage, which protects you financially if someone is injured while in your rented property. If, for example, a guest slips and falls in your apartment and decides to sue you, your renter's insurance can help cover the legal fees and any potential settlement or judgment costs.  
  • Additional living expenses/Loss of use: If your rental becomes uninhabitable due to a covered event, such as a fire or water damage, renter's insurance can reimburse the costs associated with being temporarily displaced from your rental property. For example, hotel expenses. This coverage can also help pay for temporary accommodation, meals, and other related costs while your rental unit is being repaired or until you find a new place to live.  
  • Affordable coverage: Renter's insurance is generally affordable, with premiums that are significantly lower than those of homeowner's insurance. The cost of renter's insurance will depend on factors such as the location of the rental property, the coverage limits you choose, and your deductible. Considering the potential financial risks and the value of your possessions, renter's insurance provides valuable protection at a relatively low cost.

This blog post is not offered, and should not be relied on, as insurance advice. You should consult an insurance agent for advice in specific situations.