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Renters insurance can cover you and your housemates
Renters insurance is cover made for tenants rather than people who own their homes. It’ll protect you against the cost of repairing or replacing your belongings if they’re stolen or damaged by a flood or storm. You might’ve also heard of it as tenants insurance or simply just contents insurance – the key thing to remember is that this policy covers your belongings, and not the structure of the property itself.
If you rent your property, tenants insurance is not a legal requirement. But if you choose to take it out, you'll be financially protected if your belongings are stolen or damaged and it will give you peace of mind while you're renting. Floods, fires and burglaries do happen, and your premiums will seem like a minor expense compared to the cost of replacing valuable belongings like jewellery, TVs or computers.
Renters insurance can cover you and your housemates
We've tailored our questions specifically for renters, to make getting a quote quick and easy
Flexible policies lasting from one month to one year, from as little as £5 a month
Choose your most beloved belongings from our list, and tell us how much they’re worth. Then, we’ll work out how much overall cover you need for these, and your other belongings. The amount we calculate is based on the average for people your age who live in your area.
If you're a tenant, a renters insurance policy will pay to repair or replace your valuables if they're damaged or stolen.
When you're living in rented accommodation, your favourite belongings help make the place feel like home, so if something does go wrong, it's a huge relief to know you won't be out of pocket. Renters insurance policies offer flexible and affordable cover designed for tenants. It takes just two minutes to get a quote and costs as little as £5 a month.
Kitchen appliances like microwaves and toasters will be covered, however this does not include appliances that belong to your landlord or roommate
Items of furniture
Providing you are the owner of the furniture, you can claim on your insurance for certain damages that require your furniture to be repaired or replaced
Clothes and jewellery
Expensive clothes and jewellery will be covered by your policy while they are stored at home but only up to a limit unless you insure them individually
TVs, stereos, and games consoles
You can claim for damaged or lost electronics up to a limit if they suffer accidental damage or are stolen from your home
Renters insurance can cover bicycles and accessories. However, some providers may only cover them while they're on your property
Renters insurance can cover valuable collections such as antiques, ornaments, and works of art
You can claim for guitars, keyboards, and other instruments - both traditional and electric
Cover for electronic gadgets includes mobile phones, tablets, and computers. However, this does not apply if these items belong to a home business
Wear and tear or faulty goods
Damage that occurs from regular use or from a malfunctioning or faulty item aren't covered by renters insurance
Items stolen from your garden
Renters insurance does not usually cover items that are stored outside the property or in the garden if they are stolen or damaged
Misplaced or lost items
Policies won't cover items that have been lost without incident, such as being misplaced or stored irresponsibly
Damage caused by pets
Policies won't cover biting, scratching, chewing, or fouling. However, some accidents made by your pet may be covered by accidental damage cover
Items used for business purposes
Business items won't be covered by a domestic renters insurance policy. You would need a dedicated business insurance policy to protect them
If there are no signs of forced entry during a burglary, stolen items may not be covered
Items that exceed value limits
Single-item limits will apply, so you may need to declare anything valued at over £1,000 for it to be properly covered
Damage or loss when you're away
This can refer damaged or lost items that you take out of the home or items in your home when you have left it unoccupied for more than 30 days
Insures your personal belongings against damage or theft when you're out and about
Adds protection against damage caused unintentionally in your home
Provides cover for certain legal costs relating to your tenancy, such as contract or tax disputes
Select the belongings you have and if you need cover for one month or 12
We'll estimate the default value of your personal belongings, but you can change it as you need
Then you'll just need to answer seven simple questions to get a quote
We understand that renters can feel standard contents insurance isn't relevant to them, so we've built a brand new channel specifically for people who are renting their property. We want to ensure that the items they value are covered in and out of their home with the right policies for them.Knowing that renters can move home more regularly, we have also ensured that there are options for paying per month and cancelling at any time, as well as no admin fees for changing your address or adding new items to your policy."
It's fast, free and simple!
The main difference between buying home insurance as a homeowner and as a renter is the type of cover you'll need to take out. If you own your home you'll want to insure the building itself as well as what's inside, but if you're renting then covering the building isn't your responsibility.
Your landlord should have their own insurance policy, which will cover any damage to the building resulting from a flood, fire or explosion, or a burglary. If they've provided any of their own furniture for the property, this will come under their contents insurance policy – you'll only need to think about your belongings.
This is where renters insurance comes in so useful. With MoneySuperMarket all you need to do is tell us which personal property you want to insure and for how long – remember to specify anything worth over £1,000 – and we'll show you your prices.
To calculate the amount of cover you'll need with your renters policy try to estimate the cost of replacing your belongings if they were destroyed or stolen. You should try to be as accurate as you can – especially with more expensive items – to ensure you're quoted for the level of cover you need.
Any of your belongings that cost over £1,000 will need to be declared separately, but you will still be covered if you want to insure your jewellery, designer clothes or expensive musical instruments. However your premiums will likely be more expensive as a result.
If you work from home, your renters insurance policy might extend to your work laptop or phone, however any more expensive equipment might require a separate business insurance policy.
Most insurers will cover you for a set period of time if you're on holiday, around 30 days in most cases, but any longer and you might have to take out an extra policy for unoccupied home insurance. Remember to tell your insurer if you're going away for more than the limit defined in your policy, as if you don't you may not be able to claim.
Your renters insurance policy will cover your belongings whether you live in a flat or a house – just be sure to tell the insurer beforehand, as it might affect your ability to make a claim if you don't.
Premiums might be higher if you live in student accommodation, but some providers do offer specialist policies for students.
Yes. There are certain types of rental insurance policies that offer special cover for people in shared house. These kinds of contents insurance policies will cover your personal belongings but may have special cover limits to match your circumstances. For example, they may require that your items be stored in your bedroom and may not cover items that you share with your housemates.
Your landlord should at least having a buildings insurance policy in place to cover the structure of the property if it becomes damaged. However if they've provided furniture for the property, they'll also need a contents insurance policy to cover it.
Your landlord's insurance policy may include accidental damage contents cover if your rented accommodation is furnished by the landlord. This means they'll be able to claim if you unintentionally damage anything they have provided for the property. If they don't have this policy then they'll probably recoup the cost from your security deposit.
Your landlord might also have an alternative accommodation policy, which means if the property becomes inhabitable, their insurer will pay out for the cost of finding you a new place to live until you make new arrangements or can move back in.
Tenant's liability will cover you if you are found to be responsible for any damages to your landlord's property. It can cover the cost of repairing or replacing any items as well as any legal fees. However, this will only cover you if the damage was accidental. Intentional damage or damage due to negligence/ irresponsible activity will not be covered.
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