when and why does a person need renter's insurance?

Renters insurance can help you repair or replace property after a loss due to many types of damage or theft. It can also provide coverage in the event of an accident at your residence. Policies often have very affordable annual premiums. With renters insurance, you will have loss-of-use coverage, which covers living costs that exceed your normal expenses, such as hotel stays, food, and special transportation you need to continue living until you return home or find a new permanent residence.

Requiring your tenant to have renter's insurance can protect you in case your property is damaged or stolen. You will only need to purchase renters' insurance if the landlord or property management company requires tenants to have it. Although more and more landlords and building management companies are requiring tenants to have renters' insurance, most people are not required to purchase it and choose not to buy a policy. Wealthy tenants can afford to pay out-of-pocket for liability claims and minor property damage, but in extreme cases, tenants may not be insured for the costs of major damage to their personal belongings.

Renters can benefit from obtaining renters insurance, as it protects both their personal property against damage or loss and covers their personal liability if someone is injured while on the property. Tenants are solely responsible for insuring their personal property, liability and loss-of-use related expenses. The lower a person's income, the more they will need renters insurance, especially liability and loss of use coverages. Renters insurance can help mitigate pet risks with liability coverage for dog bites and property damage.

While home, earthquake and flood insurance can be expensive, renters insurance is comparatively inexpensive. If a court holds you liable, your renters' liability insurance will usually cover the costs up to the limit you have taken out, even if the incident takes place outside your home. Although it is not mandatory, anyone renting any type of long-term residence, whether a flat or a single-family home, should seriously consider purchasing a renters' insurance policy. But even if renters' insurance is not required in your flat, we believe that anyone renting the home in which they live should purchase a renters' insurance policy.

While there are advantages to requiring renters insurance, it is also true that you should carefully examine who you let into your home. Anyone living in a college dorm is probably covered by their parents' homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. In the event that your flat or house is deemed uninhabitable due to a covered event - smoke damage, for example - you would be forced to pay out-of-pocket for any expenses that exceed your typical spending levels if you did not have renters insurance.

Judy Billeter
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