Renters insurance is a type of policy that protects a tenant’s personal belongings, lawsuits related to their tenancy, and medical expenses.

What is Renters Insurance?

An Essential Property Management Term

Renters insurance is a type of insurance policy that protects the tenant’s personal belongings, lawsuits related to their tenancy (e.g., a tenant’s kid breaks a neighbor’s swing set, and the neighbor sues), and medical expenses for injuries incurred on the property.

At minimum, renters insurance typically covers damage to the tenant’s personal belongings from vandalism, destruction, loss, and natural disasters (though flood insurance is typically an additional cost). 

Policygenius reports the following common coverage amounts for each type of coverage in a renters insurance policy:

  • Personal property: $15,000 – $500,000
  • Liability and medical expenses: $100,000 or $300,000 or $500,000
  • Loss-of-use and additional living expenses: $3,000 – $5,000 or 40% of the personal property limit

How Much Does Renters Insurance Cost?

According to Nerdwallet, the average renters insurance cost is about $14/month (or $168/year).

TurboTenant partners with Sure to offer renters insurance for $8/month.

Should Landlords Require Renters Insurance?

Each landlord can decide whether or not to require renters insurance, but we recommend having your tenant enroll in a renters insurance policy as a condition of the lease agreement. According to the latest figures from the Insurance Information Institute, only 37% of renters held renters insurance.

Landlords benefit when their tenants have renters insurance for a multitude of reasons. Renters insurance allows landlords to:

  • Enjoy added security (the tenant feels more secure, too!)
  • Reduce out-of-pocket costs
  • Mitigate legal issues
  • Improve the tenant screening process
  • Strengthen relationships with tenants
  • Provide pet liability

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