Renting a home or apartment comes with its own set of responsibilities, and one crucial aspect that often gets overlooked is renter’s insurance. Many tenants underestimate the importance of this coverage, leaving themselves vulnerable to potential financial losses. In this blog post, we’ll demystify renter’s insurance, exploring why it’s essential and let you know why we use our own internal Smart Ensure option.
Understanding Renter’s Insurance
1. What is Renter’s Insurance?
Renter’s insurance is a type of coverage designed specifically for tenants. Unlike homeowners insurance, which covers the structure of the property, renter’s insurance focuses on protecting the renter’s personal belongings and liability.
2. Why Do You Need Renter’s Insurance?
Protection for Personal Property: Renter’s insurance safeguards your personal belongings, such as furniture, electronics, clothing, and more, against perils like fire, theft, vandalism, or natural disasters.
Liability Coverage: This insurance also provides liability coverage, protecting you in case someone is injured in your rental unit and you’re found responsible. It can help cover medical expenses and legal fees.
Temporary Living Expenses: If your rented home becomes uninhabitable due to a covered event, renter’s insurance may cover temporary living expenses, such as hotel costs or rental payments.
3. We use FolioGuard Smart Ensure
Smart Ensure Liability To Landlord Insurance coverage provides residents with a low cost option to meet lease requirement. Renters who want coverage of their own possessions can always choose to purchase their own renters insurance and provide proof of coverage which is easily tracked in our AppFolio Property Manager. Renter insurance made easy! Here is link to our Smart Ensure Resident Information Sheet.