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What does renters insurance cover?
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How much is renters insurance?
Generally, how much you pay depends on a number of things, including where you live and the value of your belongings. Renters insurance shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all, that’s why it’s so important your personal needs are accounted for. When you get a renters quote with Liberty Mutual we’ll make it easy to understand the coverage that’s right for you, so you only pay for what you need.
You can get Renters Insurance from Liberty Mutual for as little as $5 a month.
Who is renters insurance right for?
It’s simple – if you rent your home and wish to protect your belongings, then renters insurance is right for you.
We offer coverage for every type of rental property, including:
- Small apartments
- Large apartments
- Stand-alone homes
- And more
The amount of coverage you need will depend on how much stuff you have to protect, not the kind of home you rent
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Renters insurance: Common questions
Renters insurance is for tenants renting an apartment, condo, or home. Coverage generally protects the following for a renter:
- Personal property (your belongings)
- Liability and medical payments (if an accident should occur and legal action is taken)
- Additional living expenses (if your home becomes unlivable from damage)
Additional renters coverages can be added to a policy, including special coverage for jewelry and/or other high value items.
It’s important to note that renters insurance is different from home and landlord insurance, both of which are intended for property owners and won’t provide the specific coverage a renter needs.
Determining how much coverage you need begins with how much stuff you need to protect.
The more stuff you need to protect, the higher the limit you should consider. Take inventory of your belongings prior to quoting, that way you have a better general idea of the coverage limit you’d like to select. This includes your clothes, electronics, furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, and other items you own.
Liability comes standard with a Liberty Mutual Renters policy. This coverage means you're protected if you, your family member, or your pet injures someone or their property.
You can also consider no-fault medical coverage, which means your insurance company will foot the bill for someone's medical bills if they're injured in your home.
Your policy's liability portion could also cover the cost of a lawyer to defend you in court and the cost of court awards, up to your policy's limit. These limits usually start at about $100,000, but you can choose to buy more coverage.7
Finally, here's a helpful way to think about the cost of your policy:
More coverage + lower deductible = higher premium
Less coverage + higher deductible = lower premium
Your landlord may be insured, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected in the event of an accident.
Landlord insurance covers the investment of the landlord, e.g. their property. This includes:
- Property damage due to weather; this includes interior damage that may impact the renter, including ceiling and wall damage
- Vandalism to the exterior of your home
- Water damage in the event of a pipe burst
We hate jargon as much as you do, which is why we’ve broken down the most common terms you’ll want to understand when comparing, purchasing, and using renters insurance.
The initial amount you are responsible for before coverage kicks in. In most cases, this amount is simply deducted from your payout after a claim. For example, if your deductible is $500 and you have a $2,000 claim, you will receive $1,500
The total amount that you pay for an insurance policy.
Actual cash value
The current market value of lost or damaged property at the time of loss. This usually factors in depreciation (the devaluation of something over time).
The cost to replace a damaged item with a new brand new one.
Additional living expenses
Any necessary expenses you incur while you're unable to be in your home due to a covered loss.