Renting a home or apartment offers convenience and ease, but there are risks to consider and manage. Theft, damage to personal property by fire, weather, or someone else getting hurt in your apartment are just a few of the potential claims a tenant could experience.
The right renters insurance policy will protect you from these potential claims and many more, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your home or apartment.
If you suffer a covered loss in a rented home or apartment, you may file a claim against your renters insurance policy to recoup any losses you have suffered.
For example, let’s say that your apartment gets burglarized and valuable jewelry, cash, and electronics are stolen. The insurance company will pay you to either replace those items or their current value, depending on the specifics of your policy.
In another scenario, if you host a party and someone slips and falls in the kitchen, they could sue you if they deem you liable for their injuries. Without renters insurance you would have to fight and settle that lawsuit yourself, but if you have insurance, the insurance company will generally handle all aspects of the suit including any amounts due the plaintiff up to the liability limits of your policy.
While renters insurance is not required by law, many landlords and management companies will require that you carry it.
Even if it is not required, it’s strongly advised. The cost of insurance is generally very low when compared against the potential cost associated with a loss. Just think, if a fire breaks out in your apartment and most of your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are destroyed, do you want to replace all of those items from your own pocket?