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Tenant Cover - Protecting Renters with Insurance
Renting an apartment or house comes with certain liabilities that tenants need to consider. While the landlord typically covers insurance on the building itself, renters still face risks that could lead to major out-of-pocket expenses. Tenant insurance, also called renters insurance, provides affordable protection that every lessee should strongly consider.  

What Exactly Does It Cover?

At its core, tenant insurance covers your personal belongings inside the rental unit if they are stolen or damaged. This includes furniture, clothes, electronics, kitchen items and decor. Some standard policies also cover temporary living expenses if the rental becomes uninhabitable due to fire or other covered disasters. You can also usually add riders to include coverage for expensive items like jewellery, artwork, musical instruments and bikes.

In addition, liability protection is bundled in most renters’ policies. This covers injuries to visitors at your rental for which you are deemed legally responsible. For example, if a friend slips and falls in your unit, damages could easily exceed $10,000 - but your liability coverage would pay for it. This protection is crucial for avoiding major debt.

Why Do Renters Need It?

Some tenants mistakenly believe that the landlord's building insurance suffices to protect their possessions. But those policies only cover the structure itself - no personal items or liability for tenants. Without renters’ insurance, any loss or damage to belongings is completely out-of-pocket. Given how quickly costs add up after fires, leaks, burglaries and accidents, this exposure can financially devastate lessees.

Additionally, most apartment complexes actually require residents to carry policies with minimum liability limits. So, obtaining coverage is necessary for avoiding lease violations or even eviction. The peace of mind and actual monetary protections make renters insurance an essential, affordable necessity.

About Tenant Insurance Cost?

The good news is renters policies come at a fraction of what homeowners pay. Average national rates run between $15 and $30 per month based on factors like location, value of possessions, deductible amount and more. Some discounts like bundling with auto through the same provider can knock costs down even more. Considering that a single lost laptop could exceed those annual premium payments, the value proposition is quite clear for renters.

Protecting your finances and assets begins with understanding exposures not covered by landlords. Tenant insurance fills those gaps at costs that compete with streaming services and food deliveries. All renters owe it to themselves to get an affordable policy in place and prevent needless risks. Reach out to an independent insurance agent to discuss coverages and pricing suitable for your rental situation today.

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