Understanding Renters Insurance
This is an insurance policy that covers damaged, lost or stolen personal belongings. It also offers coverage for injuries that may occur to any other individual in your apartment or rental home. If the one who gets injured decides to file a case against you, this plan will pay the legal fees as well as the compensation (if you are required to pay it). However, if you haven’t taken such coverage, all these expenses would have to be paid out of your pocket.
What it covers
Renters insurance will:
Provide financial settlement to cover the damaged or lost possessions of a tenant as a result of vandalism, theft, or fire
Cover the tenant’s liability in case a visitor gets injuries while on the premises
Offer reimbursement for alternative arrangements in case the units or rented home is inhabitable as a result of fire or storm damage
Is it necessary?
This coverage is essential when you are renting an apartment or a home and wants to be sure your possessions are protected from theft, damage or loss, and also protects you when liability claims arise.
The law doesn’t require a tenant to have this plan, but the landlord can include it in the rental agreement for your lease. This way, you and the landlord will be protected. No matter what happens, the insurance will offer the much-needed compensation.
Before purchasing a policy, the value of the possessions you have has to be estimated. This information is then used to make a decision on how much coverage you will buy.
When filing a claim, the insurance company determines the value of the items currently. They can either check their depreciated value or replacement costs. This depends on the policy you have.
The best way for getting coverage is through a trustworthy agent. He or she will guide you to several ideal insurers and assist you to compare plans so you can get a perfect policy to suit your needs.