Renters Insurance

2 out of 3 disaster victims find themselves underinsured. Don’t just shop for the cheapest policy. Insure your home for replacement value. 

What is Renters Insurance? 

Basic renters insurance covers your belongings from theft, fire, and in some cases, sudden water damage, but not flood damage. It also covers moving costs and temporary housing if your home becomes uninhabitable. 

What You Should Know:

  • Renters insurance may be cheaper than you think. 
  • Your landlord’s insurance policy will not cover your belongings if they are damaged or destroyed. 
  • Most renters policies exclude coverage for flood damage, you can buy that coverage separately. 
  • If an accident happens – like a kitchen fire, or someone hurts themselves at your party – renters insurance can cover repairs and legal costs. 
  • Policies often limit benefits for damaged or destroyed home business equipment, art, jewelry, etc.

Questions to Ask

Flood Insurance for Renters

Renters insurance does not cover damage caused by flooding. Most renters buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Depending on where you live, the cost may be reasonable.

  • The flood insurance a renter can buy through the NFIP only covers the contents of your home. 
  •  NFIP plans do not cover temporary rent or moving expenses. 
  • There are limits for valuables. 
  • Cars and property outside of the home are excluded.

NFIP flood insurance for renters covers you after two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties (including yours) are flooded due to:

  • Overflow of bodies of water. 
  • Runoff of surface waters from any source. 
  • Mudflow.
  • Collapse of land on the shore of a lake or lake-like body of water due to erosion. 

The NFIP flood insurance for renters does not cover you if:

  • Your home is flooded for any reason not on the above list. 
  • Your home is the only one that is flooded. 
  • Your contents that are in a basement or room below ground level. 
  • Your contents are damaged by moisture, mildew, or mold that you could have prevented.