When you rent a house, condo or apartment, you have special tenant insurance needs. While your landlord may have an insurance policy on the dwelling or apartment building, you’ll need to purchase your own tenant insurance to protect your personal belongings and liabilities.
A Tenant Policy is often referred to as “Renters Insurance”. You will need to determine an approximate value of your belongings. This value should reflect the cost of replacing your belongings “new” including taxes, set-up and delivery at today’s prices – with no deduction for depreciation. Don’t underestimate the value of your personal effects – what would it cost to replace everything from your toothbrush to the leather couch? To get started, you can develop an inventory of your possessions room by room. To make it easier to take an inventory of your belongings, we’ve provided a renters insurance checklist.
All renters insurance policies have “special limits” on certain types of property and you should talk to us about items that you may have that are limited within your policy. As well, some of your belongings such as motor vehicles, boats, ATV’s and seasonal homes will probably need to be insured separately, so be sure to ask us about insuring them.
Most policies have a $500 deductible that would be applied in the event of a claim. For example, if you had a loss to your property, you would be responsible for the first $500 of that loss.
Your Tenant Insurance policy includes Personal Liability in case you are found legally responsible for bodily injury or property damage to someone else. It also includes Tenant’s Legal Liability. For example, your landlord could sue you if a candle you left unattended caused a fire that damaged your apartment.
You may be able to reduce your premium with claims-free, age or security system discounts.
Questions about Renters Insurance?
Call us today at (306) 934-1999 to talk about your policy options. Our team will outline your best options. You get to decide what fits.