Renters insurance covers you against losses from fire or smoke, lightning, vandalism, theft, explosion, windstorm and certain types of water damage (such as when the tenant upstairs leaves the water running in the bathtub and floods out your apartment or a burst pipe). Most renters insurance policies, however, do not cover floods. Flood coverage is available from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (888-379-9531, www.floodsmart.gov) and from a few private insurers. You can get this coverage from the same agent or company representative who sold you the renters insurance policy. Earthquakes are not covered either. You can either get a separate policy or have it added as an “endorsement” to your renters policy, depending on where you live.
If you rent a house or apartment, your landlord’s insurance will only cover the costs of repairing the building if there is a fire or other disaster. You need your own coverage, known as renters or tenants insurance in order to financially protect yourself and your belongings.
Feel free to contact our office for a no-obligation review of all your insurance needs.