Tenant Contents Insurance
There are many questions that tenants have about the rights and obligations a landlord has when they move in. “Who is responsible is there is damage?” is one of the trickier questions that can cause great frustration. We have compiled below some more questions that you as a tenant are likely to face, with some simple and practical advice about Tenant Contents Insurance. Make sure to be fully covered with a Tenant Contents Insurance policy and not leave all of your belongings to chance, because when you least expect it, something catastrophic may happen and you could be left with nothing.
Questions About Tenant Contents Insurance
How much Tenant Contents Insurance do I need?
The bigger question is: What would happen if everything in your house was suddenly gone? How would you recover if you didn’t have a Tenant Contents Insurance? How much money would it cost to start over again? If you had to buy new clothes, new furniture and everything else how much would you need to get from your insurance company? That number is likely to be higher than you think at first. If you are conservative and think that you don’t really own that much it’s amazing how your thinking will change when you start to itemize what you really own. The things that are in drawers, things people have given you and various furnishing that you have collected over time really start to add up. When you have arrived at a number it is best to increase it by 10% – 15% so that you are actually covered properly.
Are there different types of Tenant Contents Insurance?
Yes, there are several different types of Tenant Contents Insurance. Or maybe it would be better to say there are many different options on your Tenant Contents Insurance. You need to understand the different types. and what the pros and cons are. You need to understand if you are getting replacement cost or actual value insurance coverage. You also need to understand what the deductible is and what types of losses they pay for. Will the Tenant Contents Insurance company pay if one of the pipes in the building breaks and there is water damage? Will they pay for smoke damage is there is a small fire and many of your belongings now have a permanent smoke smell? Make a list of questions to review with your insurance agent. He will be impressed with your preparation and it will be a much more effective meeting – either in person or over the phone. If you start a simple chart with answers of what is covered, and a final price per month or year, you will very quickly be able to compare rates.
What is a “Deductible” and why does it impact my rate so much?
A deductible on your Tenant Contents Insurance is how much you are responsible for if there is a loss. Let’s say that you have a $500 deductible on the Tenant Contents Insurance policy and you file a claim for a total of $1,000 worth of damage. If the insurance company decides to pay, then they would take the $1,000 claim and subtract the amount you are responsible for(in this example $500) and send you a check for $500. If however you had a $100 deductible they would send you a check for $900. The lower the deductible, the more expensive each month. But, if it only costs you $25 per year extra to go from a $500 deductible to a $100 deductible, it would take 20 years without a claim to break even just on one claim. That would indicate that it would clearly be worth spending the extra $25 per year and have a higher payout when there is a claim.
Does everything I own have to be listed?
When you fill out the insurance paperwork there will be different categories to complete and you will be asked to submit estimated values of your property in that category. If you do some planning ahead of time it will cut back the confusion and help you make better choices on the Tenant Contents Insurance application.
Can a building owner get tenant contents insurance?
As a building owner you want to make sure that the building is covered, however covering a tenant is a risky preposition. You should clearly advise each of your tenants that they are responsible to get Tenant Contents Insurance so they are properly covered. Explain to them that you have building insurance that will cover your losses, but they should get Tenant Contents Insurance on their own. Make sure that your insurance company knows that you have tenants in the building, as they will adjust your policy to cover rental properties. Perhaps you could refer your tenants to the insurance company and help keep everyone happy.
Should I get Tenant Contents Insurance through my car insurance company?
It really does not matter what company you choose for Tenant Contents Insurance. Contacting your car insurance company is a great idea, as they normally provide great discounts on Tenant Contents Insurance. They also already have all of your contact information on file and can likely just add it to your bill. That will mean that you have quick access to Tenant Contents Insurance.
What are the benefits to Tenant Contents Insurance?
- You can remain in control of how much coverage you have
- You can rest peacefully knowing that you are covered in case of a loss
* Take a video camera (borrow one if you have to) and record video of your entire house or apartment. Make sure to open drawers, closets and cabinets so that all of your items are seen in the video. This will provide proof to the Tenant Contents Insurance company that you indeed did own items that you will want to claim if there is a loss. Also, it will help you remember things correctly. Most people tend to forget and leave things off of their claim list until months later when they are missing something and it seem very suspicious to the insurance company to get a call a long time later saying “oh ya, I forgot that I had this in one of the closets too“. As you are filling out the forms, you can watch the video and pause it to list everything in each room.
Very Important: Open drawers, boxes, bins and show the contents. Although it will help jog your memory when you see an unlabeled box in the video, you may not remember all of the contents.
Narrate: Using your narrative skills to tell about the contents of each room will also be significant. While explaining everything, it will also help to tell which store you got it from and approx how old it is or when you bought it. Don’t worry about making something sound too old for the Tenant Contents Insurance. If you get replacement cost insurance, they have to replace it and that means they have to pay for what it actually costs to replace it, not what a used sweater might be worth after 10 years.