You’ve been searching for the perfect place to rent for weeks, and you’ve finally found the one that fits your life and personal preferences. It’s time to sign the lease and the landlord says you must provide proof of renters’ insurance. You may be asking, is this legal?
The bottom line is yes. Your landlord can require renters to obtain an insurance policy. While Idaho state law doesn’t require tenants to carry a renter’s policy, there are several reasons it’s a good idea. Fuhriman Insurance Agency serving Boise, ID can help.
Understanding Your Landlord’s Liability
Even landlords aren’t required to carry insurance on the properties they rent out. However, if there is a mortgage on the property, most loan companies require owners to obtain a certain amount of insurance. Landlord or homeowner’s insurance generally includes property and liability protection, which protects the individual from financial loss.
Benefits of Renters’ Insurance
Since a landlord’s insurance only covers their property and not yours, it’s important to obtain coverage that protects you as well. Just like a landlord’s, renters’ insurance can include property and liability insurance.
How Much Do I Need?
To determine the amount of coverage you want or need, think about the value of your belongings and take inventory of your possessions. The type of coverage, coverage amounts, and deductibles can all affect the amount of your premium.
What Happens If You Refuse to Obtain Coverage?
If your landlord requires renters’ insurance, there may be a clause in the lease that says something like “Lessee is required to provide proof of renters’ insurance within 10 days of the start date of the lease.” Failure to provide proof would result in termination of the lease and the landlord could start eviction proceedings.
For more information on renters’ insurance, contact Fuhriman Insurance Agency serving Boise, ID.