Renters insurance is tailored to address your needs as a renter. These needs, naturally, differ from those of a dwelling or condominium unit owner. Because you don’t insure your dwelling or apartment structure, your coverage begins with personal property. Like the Homeowners or Condominium policy, the Renters policy is a package policy and includes property insurance covering damage to your belongings, liability insurance covering certain legal claims against you as the tenant, and limited coverage for medical expenses of guests who are injured on your property. The policy provides a broad range of coverage with some risks excluded, such as earthquake and flood.
Understanding Your Risks and Coverages
Before you purchase a policy, it is important that you understand the risks you face so you can make the best choice to get the right policy at the right price. When you think about it, the first risk you should consider is actually two-pronged: the risk of buying too little coverage, or too much. With that risk in mind, you can better identify the other risks you face, and how much coverage you need in relation to those risks.
Bankers Helps You Prepare for the Risks You May Face
Simply put, risk management is the process of first identifying the risks you face as a tenant, condominium owner and second, figuring out ways to minimize – or manage – them. There are nine major risks that face condo owners, tenants or renters, and some or all may apply to you, depending on where you live:
To learn how to protect yourself and your family from these risks visit Insurance 101.
A deductible is the amount of out-of-pocket expense for which you are responsible before the insurance coverage begins.Learn More
Typically, we underestimate the value of our belongings. They are often worth far more than we believe. Therefore, it’s important that we make the proper buying decision in purchasing insurance to protect our belongings and ourselves. The property portion of a typical renters policy covers the contents inside your home and loss of use. The policy also has a liability portion that provides coverage for unintentional acts by you or your family that cause bodily injury.Learn More
You may want to take a moment to review our additional coverages that allow you to customize your policy to fit your individual needs. Click the “Learn More” button for details. Not all coverages are available in all states. Please consult with your local agent for availability.Learn More
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Living in a CAT State
You Want Catastrophe Experience When You Need It
Those of us who live in a “CAT State” — a catastrophe-prone state – know that being prepared is key. This includes having the right insurance coverage. That said, one of the most important considerations in selecting an insurance company – especially if you live in coastal states – is catastrophe experience. Bankers has weathered an impressive 25+ catastrophes and offers exceptional customer service and claims response time. You don’t want to think it can happen to you, but, in the event of an emergency, you want an insurance company that knows precisely how to meet your needs.
Remember, you can buy Earthquake and Flood Insurance separately. These two important risks are not covered in your basic renters policy.
Ready to Speak to an Agent?
Insurance is complex and you need professional advice you can trust. We partner with top quality independent agents who can help guide you through the purchasing process. There are many things you should be asking your agent prior to purchasing insurance for your home or business. Below, we’ve listed a few questions you might not have considered.
First, be prepared before you visit your agent. Do an inventory of your home or business. You may be surprised how much you really have. Visit knowyourstuff.org.*
Below are a few of the types of questions your agent can answer:
- Does my lender require flood insurance? Am I in a special flood hazard zone? (Everyone is in a flood zone!)
- How much flood coverage do I need?
- What is Umbrella Insurance and is it just for the wealthy?
- Do I need special coverage for an in-home office?
- I collect antiques and jewelry. How do I get this covered?
- Do I need employment practices liability lnsurance and what does it cover?
- Is my company required to maintain workers compensation coverage?
- What will happen if I cannot operate my business?
- I conduct business out of state. Is my electronic information protected?
- What is identity theft and is there a way to protect myself from it?