Renters insurance, also known as rental property insurance, apartment insurance, tenant insurance, and home renters insurance, protects your contents and belongings in the event of an insured peril, such as theft, vandalism, or fire. Liability coverage is also part of rental property insurance. It protects renters in case of bodily injury suffered by others and damage to others' property while at their rental property.
Renters insurance is similar to home insurance. However, it does not cover the physical building in which renters have their rental units. Your landlord will likely have insurance coverage for this.
Anyone who is renting or leasing residential premises should have renters insurance. Renters of premises such as apartments, condos, homes, and university and college residence accommodations should have renters insurance.
Renters insurance will protect personal property, liability, and additional living expenses coverage for the renter.
Renters should have rental insurance to protect their belongings and their liability exposure in case of unforeseen losses. Losses can include water damage, fire, vandalism, theft, and other events.
The liability coverage portion of rental insurance protects renters if someone is injured while at the renters' premises. An example of this may be if someone slips and sustains a bodily injury while in your rental home. If the injured person takes legal action, the renter of the premises may be found liable and be required to pay damages. Rental property insurance can protect the renter in terms of legal costs and a decision that awards financial damages to the injured person.
Additional living expenses can also be covered in the event that your rental unit is deemed unlivable and you have to live elsewhere until it is repaired or until you find a new place to live.
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Renters insurance is not required or mandatory in Ontario, however do be aware that many landlords will require that you have insurance before you move into your rental unit. The cost of renters insurance is very reasonable given that it covers your belongings, provides coverage if you need to live elsewhere after a significant loss, and protects you in case of a liability issue.
Remember: no renters insurance means no insurance protection. The renter will have to cover the costs of the loss entirely if a they do not have renters insurance and there is a loss..
Renters insurance protects your personal belongings and provides liability coverage when renting a home, condo, apartment or townhouse. In Ontario, renters insurance is not legally mandatory, however, your landlord may require you to purchase rental coverage for your unit, and having insurance will protect you from having to pay out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a loss.
The three main areas covered by renters insurance are contents coverage for personal belongings such as furniture, TV's and clothing, additional living expense coverage in the event of a loss and you are unable to reside in the unit until repairs are finished, and liability coverage in case someone is injured while in your rental home.
This includes personal belongings such as TVs, computers, furniture, clothing, sports equipment, jewellery and other items you own in your rental home. You are protected in case of an insured loss. Limits in your renters insurance policy determine the limit of your coverages. When getting home renters insurance is important to tell an insurance broker what belongings and contents you have to ensure your items are adequately insured and the coverage limits in your renters insurance policy are appropriate for you.
If there is a fire in your unit and you are not able to live in it until repairs are done, or you have to find another rental apartment, condo or home, additional living expenses coverage will cover reasonable costs that may be incurred by you until you move back in or find a new rental home. Terms are in the insurance policy.
If someone is injured while in your rental home due to an accident or you caused unintentional damage to another person’s property, liability coverage helps to protect you. If the injured person launches legal action, you will have protection as outlined in the policy. These terms are in your policy.
Your renters insurance must meet your specific needs. Renters can purchase additional coverages if needed. Some of these coverages include identity theft insurance and at-home business insurance.
Some other extra coverages are sewer backup coverage and valuable items coverage (such as for jewellery or art). An insurance broker can guide you through coverage options if needed.
Renters insurance does not cover your belongings under certain circumstances, such as natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, and sinkholes. Renters insurance also does not cover the building where you rent your unit - This insurance is the responsibility of the landlord. It's also important to know that your landlord's insurance does not protect you as a renter.
Renters should buy renters insurance before they move into their rental unit. Renters will then have insurance protection from the moment they move in.
Renters need enough renters insurance to cover the value of their personal belongings and at least $1 million in personal liability coverage.
Renters should get several quotes on renters insurance from an insurance broker to ensure they get the right coverage and good value. Insurance brokers work with numerous insurance companies, and they will get you several competitive insurance quotes. When you contact an insurance broker and discuss your rental insurance needs, the broker will ensure that you get quotes so you can choose the policy that best meets your needs and budget.
Renters insurance can cost you between $200 and $800 a year. There are many factors that determine the cost of your renters insurance including how much renters insurance you need, the location of where you rents, your claims history and the age and condition of the building in which you rent.
Renters have a few options on how to pay for their rental home insurance. Renters can pay their rental insurance policy in full once a year, select a three-month payment plan or pay monthly. Select the option that best meets your budget. An insurance broker will help you arrange the payment option that is best for you.
Contact Morison Insurance for your renters insurance needs. We work with dozens of insurance companies, and we shop at these companies to get renters the best insurance at competitive prices. Give us a call at 1-800-463-8074, or get started by filling out the form on our website. We have your best interest in mind!
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This content is written by our Morison Insurance team. It is provided for general information only. Insurance needs differ from person to person, and this article is therefore not a substitute for professional advice about your individual insurance needs which can be obtained by speaking to one of our brokers.