What Happens When You Don’t Have Renters Insurance

I recently had a friend go on their honeymoon to Mexico for two weeks. While they were away the apartment above them had a leak in their bathroom plumbing. Unfortunately by the time they found the problem, the water had gone through the floor, and through their ceiling, and done a significant amount of damage to their furniture as well as the new hardwood floors they had just put in.

Although I had advised them on several occasions that they need to purchase renters insurance, they never had. They found out they were not covered for any of the damages, not even the flooring. Your landlord’s policy does not provide coverage for any of your personal belongings.

Think about this; the average renter in New York City has about $35,000 in personal property, to replace all that would take most of us years! Renters insurance is generally less than the cost of a pizza each month, and if you add it on with your auto insurance policy you will get a huge discount. With my policy it was actually less expensive for me to have renters insurance and auto insurance together than if I just had an auto policy. Basically my renters insurance cost less than the discount I was receiving on my car insurance!
The other thing to consider is where you are going to stay while you condo is being repaired or rebuilt. My friend had to live with her in-laws for almost two months while they were having her apartment repaired. I don’t know about you, but that certainly wouldn’t be the best situation for me!

Make sure you have peace of mind and get your personal belongings insured today!

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