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Matt Hands, Business Director, Insurance
Renter's insurance, otherwise known as tenant's insurance, contents insurance, or apartment insurance, gives you the benefits of homeowners' insurance, without coverage for the dwelling, or structure. Your landlord's insurance covers the building, not you.
There are 3 types of coverage in any tenants or renters insurance policy.
- Contents insurance: This protects your contents (like your TV, laptop, couch, or bed) if they're stolen or damaged.
- Liability insurance: This covers you if a guest injures themselves in your space and decide to take legal action against you. It also protects renters if they’re responsible for damage to other people's property or their own.
- Additional living expenses: This pays for your to live elsewhere if you can't live in your rented space due to an insured peril (e.g. flood or fire).
Whether you’re looking for tenant insurance in Ontario, or anywhere else in Canada, we’re here to help you choose better. You can get a customized tenant insurance quote online in minutes. All from the comfort of your couch. You can compare renters insurance rates from multiple providers and instantly know which offers you the cheapest tenant insurance.
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How much is tenant insurance?
Renters insurance across Canada ranges between $15–$25 per month. Many factors including the cost of your stuff and risks associated with where you live will determine your price. Always compare renters insurance quotes before you purchase to make sure you get the best rate.
As a renter, first understand if an existing insurance policy already covers you. If you're a university student, your parents' home insurance may also cover your apartment away at school, especially if you're on campus.
How much coverage is standard?
Second, as a renter, it's good to know how much coverage is standard insurance. The typical liability coverage is $1 million for someone that injures themselves and sues. And the average amount for contents insurance is $25,000, which protects your stuff. Within this $25,000, there may be limits for specific kinds of items (e.g., up to $3,000 for jewellery). As with all types of home insurance, raising or lowering your coverage has the same effects on your premiums.
How much does renters insurance cost?
Third, tenants will want to know how much renters insurance costs. Premiums generally cost between $15 and $25 per month, or $180 to $300 a year. How much you'll end up paying depends on the size of the property you're renting and the amount of your coverage, and the deductible you set. Find the right balance for you by looking at your budget and what you can't afford to lose.
ACV vs. replacement value
Decide whether you are looking for a cash value or replacement value policy. A cash value policy takes depreciation into account, meaning you'll get less back in a claim than its original cost. In contrast, a replacement value policy will allow you to purchase the lost or stolen item at its current retail price. Replacement cost is more money than an ACV policy.
How to have a hassle-free renters insurance claims experience
To make a claim, you'll need proof of your policy as well as documents that show the items you lost and how much you paid for them. So, keep detailed records, even a video walkthrough on your phone.
The last thing you want is to lose your documentation in a fire or flood. So make sure you store them in a safe place (e.g. on the internet, on your phone).
You can use an app, like Sortly or Memento Database, to help.
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Insurers will often give a discount to consumers who get both their tenants and auto insurance from them. If you can, look to have both your apartment and car protected by the same insurer.
Monitored alarm systems
If your landlord has a monitored alarm system installed, or if you install one yourself - one that is connected to a central station, you could receive a discount. Know that this does not include your own cameras and motion sensor lighting, but some insurers are opening up to the idea with smart homes on the rise.
Increase your deductible
A standard apartment insurance deductible is $500. However, if you double the deductible (the amount of money you pay, before the insurance pays the rest), you could see a decrease in the premium you pay.
Paying annually, as opposed to monthly, reduces administrative costs to your insurer and ensures your loyalty. Your insurer may reward you with a cheaper renters insurance rate.
Suggest a credit check
There is no need for a credit check, but if you request one be done, and the insurance provider views your good credit as a positive sign, it could mean a reduction in your tenants insurance premiums.
Review your coverage
Do not overinsure yourself. Only get insurance for the products you own and their cost. Do not insure your TV for $1,000, if its value is only $500. Document your contents properly and review those contents with an annual audit of your belongings.
Think twice before submitting a claim
A clean claims history looks good to insurers. If you submit a claim, make sure it is worth it. Never submit a claim for less than your deductible. A submitted claim should be reserved for times of significant financial distress.
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Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF where he honed his marketing and analytical skills for over 3 years. Matt then took his wealth of experience to Ratehub.ca’s Toronto offices, working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance business unit. He is a thought leader in the community and a valuable insurance resource to respected publications like the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.
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