Renters Insurance FAQs
Explore renters insurance questions, from what renters insurance covers, to how to get a quote. Get answers to your renters insurance FAQs at Travelers.
Many people that rent don’t actually know they need renters insurance. Sure, your landlord may have insurance for the building, however, that coverage does not extend to your personal property or liability.
Renters insurance can help protect you from the unexpected. Think what would happen to your furniture, clothing or electronics if there was a fire, sudden water damage from a broken pipe or a burglar broke into your apartment and took your belongings. Now think about what would happen if someone slipped in your kitchen or your pet accidently damaged someone’s property. Renters insurance can help cover your belongings, temporary housing, your legal liability including defense costs, medical bills for others and more.
Most renters policies have 3 key elements: the premium which is how much you pay for coverage, deductibles which is how much you’re responsible for out-of-pocket in the event of a covered claim, and limits which is the most your insurer will pay for a covered claim.
Also, did you know that having renters insurance may also lower your car insurance? It’s a win-win.
Your insurance representative can help you determine the renters coverage that best fits your needs and budget, but a typical policy can cover:
- Your personal belongings
- Your personal liability and defense costs
- Additional living expenses if you cannot live in your rental due to a covered loss or repairs
- Improvements you make to your rented property
A few key questions.
- How much of a deductible can you afford to pay if you have a loss?
- How much would it cost to repair or replace your belongings?
- Do you have any valuables that require extra protection?
- Do you have frequent visitors over?
- Have you made any improvements to your rental worth protecting?
- Do you qualify for any discounts?
Our licensed insurance representatives are happy to walk you through all of this step by step, and can help you review your needs on an annual basis.
Choosing a renters insurance policy starts with choosing the right insurance company.
Travelers has been one of the nation’s leading and largest property casualty companies for over 160 years. We offer a variety of policy options and packages to help you get the coverage that meets your unique needs. We can provide you with information to help you protect the place you call home.
We also give you peace of mind with a claims process that is simple and stress free.
It depends. Most renters policies come up for renewal each year, but customers must remain eligible and pay their premiums to renew.
It’s a good idea to review your coverage with an insurance representative every year.
Umbrella insurance is additional personal liability coverage that can offer an additional layer of protection beyond what your renters insurance can provide.
If you or a family member are found personally responsible for serious property damage or personal injury to others, the cost of damages can quickly add up beyond the liability limits of your renters policy. Umbrella insurance can provide extra protection, especially if you have many assets to protect.
Premium & Discounts
Discounts, yes please! Remember to ask your insurance representative about Travelers discounts for multiple policies, security systems or fire protective devices, smart home technologies, loss-free history, and more. Discounts vary by state and eligibility.
The cost of insurance, or premium, partly depends on the coverages, deductibles and policy limits you choose. Here are a few tips that can lower your premium:
- Talk to your insurance representative about your insurance needs and eligibility for discounts
- Bundle or purchase multiple policies with Travelers, such as car, boat and umbrella insurance
How does 5% savings on auto insurance sound? That’s up to how much you can save when you bundle your auto and renters policies. You can see additional savings when you purchase other policies from Travelers. Ask about our multi-policy discount.
Maybe. If your building already has some of these features, then you wouldn’t automatically qualify for a discount. But if you have certain fire safety, security or smart home technologies installed in your specific home or unit, you may be eligible for our protective device discount. Don’t forget to ask your insurance representative about our protective device discount.
Unfortunately, our green discount only applies to homeowners.
When deciding how much personal property coverage you need, it’s helpful to create an inventory of what you have. Learn more about making a home inventory.
Once you know how much your stuff is worth—or the “estimated replacement value” of your personal belongings—an insurance representative can help you determine the coverage you need.
A deductible is the amount of a covered claim that is your responsibility. It can vary, and may be either a dollar amount or a percentage. Some policies even have multiple deductibles. So, if you have a deductible of $500, then you will pay the first $500 of a covered claim.
Your premium is how much you pay for coverage. Typically, if you have a higher deductible, you may pay a lower premium, and vice versa. A lower premium may be nice for your wallet, but remember to choose a deductible you can actually afford in the event of a loss. Your insurance representative can explain this to you.
Coverages & Limits
Personal property coverage (Coverage C) is a key part of all renters policies. It pays to replace personal items in your rental like furniture, clothing or electronics that may be damaged by a covered loss.
Other assets like cash, collectibles, jewelry, furs and silverware may have limited coverage, but additional coverage may be available with a valuable items endorsement or a separate policy. Think about what it would cost to repair or replace your personal belongings and valuable items, and if additional coverage would make sense for you.
Liability insurance helps protect your assets and cover your defense costs if you or a household family member is found legally responsible for causing injury to other people or their property. It can provide coverage for bodily injury, property damage, medical payments and legal expenses.
Do you have a high level of risk or many assets to protect? You can always discuss your liability coverage needs, options, deductible and policy limits with your insurance representative.
If you are unable to occupy your rental due a covered loss or repairs, additional living expenses coverage can help you pay for increased temporary housing and some living expenses. This includes hotels, meals, laundry and other related expenses.
Coverage for damage to improvements, alterations and installations you’ve made to your rental property. It is also be known as building additions and alterations coverage. If you financed any of these improvements, your lender may require certain coverage options and limits.
Think about what it would cost to repair or redo any of these improvements. Then talk it over with your insurance representative.
A deductible is the amount of a covered claim that is your responsibility. And a policy limit (or “limit of liability”) is the maximum amount your insurance company will pay for a covered claim.
Some renters opt for a higher deductible in favor of a lower premium. But if the unexpected happens, you need to make sure the amount you choose as a deductible is one you can afford to pay out of pocket.
An insurance representative can help you balance your individual needs.
If you have liability insurance, you may have some coverage for bodily injury, property damage, medical payments and legal expenses if you or a family member is found responsible. It does not cover personal injury claims for you or any family members that live with you.
Damage or theft of personal belongings can be covered under personal property coverage of a renters policy. This coverage helps protect items like electronics, sporting equipment and furniture up to your policy limit. It also covers your personal items when they are outside of your rental, like if your computer got stolen from your car or hotel room.
Cash, collectibles, jewelry, furs and silverware may only have limited protection and may require a valuable items endorsement or a separate policy.