Renters’ insurance is an affordable way for tenants to protect their belongings and assets. But what exactly does a standard renters insurance policy cover?

This guide will explain the key coverages included in most renters insurance plans so you can understand what’s protected before purchasing a policy.

Section 1 – Personal Property Coverage

A renters policy’s core coverage is for your personal belongings and property within your rented residence. This includes:

– General household items like furniture, clothes, electronics, appliances, decor

– Personal computers and phones

– Expensive items like jewelry, musical instruments, bicycles 

– Books, media, and other collections

Personal property coverage limits generally start at $15,000-$30,000 and go up from there. Be sure to calculate the replacement value of all your belongings when choosing limits.

Section 2 – Additional Living Expenses  

If your rental becomes uninhabitable due to a covered loss like a fire or pipe burst, renters insurance will pay for you to live elsewhere temporarily. 

Additional living expense coverage pays for costs like:

– Hotel or short-term housing rentals

– Restaurant meals if you can’t cook at home

– Storage for your displaced belongings

Section 3 – Liability Insurance

Liability coverage protects you if someone is injured or their property is damaged while in your rental. For example, if a guest slips and falls in your unit. 

It pays for: 

– Legal defense costs if you are sued

– Settlements or judgments against you

– Medical bills for injured parties

Most policies include at least $100,000 in liability coverage. More is recommended if you have significant assets.

Section 4 – What’s Not Covered

While renters insurance is quite comprehensive, there are exclusions like:

– Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes in most basic policies

– High-value items like engagement rings may need separate coverage

– Damage or theft from roof leaks is sometimes excluded


Renters insurance 2023 provides affordable protection for your belongings, liability, and temporary housing costs if your rental unit becomes unlivable. Understanding what is and isn’t covered will help you pick the right policy and limits for your needs and budget.

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