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Tenants' Contents insurance 

Contents insurance for tenants and renters can protect your belongings from theft, fire or damage whilst you’re renting a property.

If the damage is so bad that you’re not able to stay at the property, some policies will even cover your accommodation to stay elsewhere, whilst repairs are taking place.

If you’re currently renting or planning to, it’s worthwhile comparing quotes for tenants contents insurance, especially if you’ve furnished or planned to furnish the property you’re staying in yourself. 

The difference between buildings insurance and contents insurance  

Buildings insurance 

Buildings insurance makes sure that the structure of the building will be taken care of, such as the walls and roof should it incur some sort of damage. 

The owner of the property should take care of this insurance, and the responsibility for cost or renewal shouldn’t be on the renter. 

Contents insurance 

The responsibility for contents insurance lies with the renter, not the landlord. However, your landlord might be able to offer you basic cover. Compare your own quotes as well, even if they can offer you a basic level of cover. You shouldn’t rely just on basic cover to protect all of your valuables. 

Do I need contents insurance, if I’m only renting?

If you’re renting a property, there’s no legal requirement that states you need to have contents insurance. As you don’t own the property, it’s the landlord's responsibility to look after buildings insurance. However, should anything happen to your possessions inside the property, tenant’s insurance will allow you to protect yourself should the unexpected happen.

If you’re a student and renting, you should consider contents insurance for students. 

  • Personal possessions cover: Not all policies will cover personal possessions taken outside the home. If they do, this can protect your jewellery and gadgets, if you take them out of the home. Make sure the amount payable would cover the expensive items that you have. 

  • New for old cover: This allows you to replace your items with new replacements should you need to, if they’re damaged, lost or stolen.

  • Tenants' liability : This covers repair or replacement costs should an accident occur at the property that damages possessions like carpets, or furniture. 

Types of tenants insurance policy:

 It’s important to consider the value of your possessions, so that you can properly decide and compare online quotes to see how much cover you need, and the type of cover you would like to take out. 

What will tenants insurance cover?

  • Personal possessions cover: Not all policies will cover personal possessions taken outside the home. If they do, this can protect your jewellery and gadgets, if you take them out of the home. Make sure the amount payable would cover the expensive items that you have. 

  • New for old cover: This allows you to replace your items with new replacements should you need to, if they’re damaged, lost or stolen.

  • Tenants' liability : This covers repair or replacement costs should an accident occur at the property that damages possessions like carpets, or furniture.

How much does tenants insurance cost?

How much your policy cost will determine you finding the best quote that works for you. Your quote will factor many thing, such as:

  •  The type of policy you’re looking for 

  • The value of your possessions

  • Where the rental property is

  • The crime rate in the area

  • Whether the property is susceptible to flooding

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