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Are Roommates Covered Under Renter’s Insurance?

Pompano Beach Roommates Moving Into HomeDividing the payment of a Pompano Beach rental house with a roommate can be an excellent way to save money on rent, utilities, and more. However, how about renter’s insurance? Can roommates split a single renter’s insurance policy? To resolve that question, we need to consider what a renter’s insurance policy offers, who it protects, and what the pros and cons are of sharing a policy.

Many landlords require tenants to buy renter’s insurance. The property owner probably has insurance protecting the rental property, but that policy does not protect a tenant’s personal property. Just in case of a fire or burglary, a renter’s insurance policy will assist a renter in reimbursing personal items that were damaged or stolen, and also protects a tenant against liability claims should anyone get hurt while at the property.

Most often, individual tenants provide their own renter’s insurance policy. Renter’s insurance usually only covers you and your personal property; it does not include other people residing at the residence. However, it is possible to share renter’s insurance with a roommate. While state laws do differ, in some states, you have an option to put a roommate on a renter’s insurance policy. In several cases, to share a renter’s insurance policy, everyone covered by the policy is required to be listed on the lease as well as listed on the insurance policy itself.

There are cases where sharing a renter’s insurance policy makes sense. If you are sharing a Pompano Beach rental home with a relative or with a partner in a stable, longstanding relationship, it might be a benefit to both of you to reduce the cost.

But just because you can share renter’s insurance doesn’t necessarily indicate that you should. When you share a renter’s insurance policy with a roommate, you also share their insurance history. In case your roommate files a claim, that claim would also appear on your insurance record, which could mean increased insurance rates in the future, even though you were not the one who filed the claim.

There are some different critical things to remember before sharing a renter’s insurance policy. The cost of renter’s insurance regularly depends on how costly your personal properties are. If one roommate has far more valuable things than the other, then the roommate with the budget furniture will end up paying more than they should in a 50/50 split.

It’s also significant to understand that roommate arrangements can change pretty abruptly. If one roommate has to relocate because of a new job opportunity or other purposes, the expense of the renter’s insurance policy may be left entirely to the remaining roommate. It can result in costing much more for you than necessary for that policy.

If you are considering sharing a renter’s insurance policy with a roommate, it’s significant to understand the individual situation first. After that, talk to both an insurance agent and your roommate. Having an open conversation with every person involved can help you make the proper decision.

If you’d like to talk to an expert on the matter, contact Real Property Management Premier and ask one of our Pompano Beach property managers. From owners to tenants, we can help. Contact us online or call us at 954-362-5235 today.

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