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Renter’s Insurance – A Very Small Price For A HUGE Safety Net!

August 13, 2010 2 comments

When you are renting an apartment, it is important to understand that your landlord’s insurance does not provide coverage for you. If your personal property is stolen, destroyed in a fire, or damaged by other unexpected situations, it would not be covered or replaced by your landlord’s insurance company. You would need your own renter’s insurance policy to provide you with coverage.

Renter’s insurance provides many coverages designed to protect you. First, renter’s insurance provides you with property coverage. Property coverage protects you from damage or loss to your things. For example, if your property is stolen or destroyed, your insurance company would replace or repair these items for you.

Renter’s insurance provides liability coverage. If someone were to injury themselves while on your propertyor if your dog were to bite somebody, your renter’s insurance would provide legal defense if you were put in a position that required it. It also provides for small medical payments for such injuries to others – a “good-will” gesture to avoid a lawsuit.

If you accidentally caused damage to property of others like negligently leaving a curling iron on and causing a fire that spreads through the complex, or allowing your bathtub to overflow and causing water damage to the apartment below and its contents (this would also potentially be covered by the liability protection on your renter’s insurance).

Renter’s insurance protects you against the liabilities regarding damage to the building and the personal property of others.

If something happened to your apartment, smoke damage for example, and the condition of your apartment was considered uninhabitable and you had to relocate for a period of time, this would be considered ‘loss of use’. These costs are also covered by your renter’s insurance.

The average Renter’s Insurance ranges from about $15 to $30 a month. The cost is based on size and location of the apartment and also the policy holder’s possessions.

With all the protection that renter’s insurance offers, your money would be well spent! Make sure you’re protected!

**At Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency, we suggest that you make a list of possessions including purchase prices, model numbers and serial numbers. If you still possess receipts for the scheduled items, then keep those as well. Also, if possible, take pictures or video footage of the items. You want to be able to prove that you possess the items you’re insuring!

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