Do renters need to carry insurance in California?

In California, 45.2 percent of residents are renters. While the people who own the building must have home insurance, the law does not require renters to carry insurance on their rental. Having said that, some landlords and owners may require tenants to show proof of renters insurance before they allow them to rent from them. At THINK Insurance & Financial Services in Pomona, CA we are Independent agents and can offer our customers excellent service and competitive rates. 

One common misconception that many renters have is that their personal property will be covered by their landlord’s insurance in the event of an event that damages or destroys their personal property. This is not the case. The landlord’s insurance will only cover what is their property, the physical building, and things like bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets. Your personal property will not be covered. This can result in a catastrophic loss for you as a renter. If you had renters insurance, not only would it protect your personal property when it is in your dwelling but in the event that it was stolen while you are away from home or from your vehicle. 

If the dwelling that you rent is so badly damaged that you can not live in it, renters insurance may help you to pay for a place to stay while you are waiting for it to be repaired. Renters insurance also gives you liability coverage so that if someone is injured while visiting you or perhaps by your furry friend, you will have the means to pay the judgment against you. 

To answer the question do renters need to carry insurance in California you need to consider whether you can afford not to carry renters insurance. At THINK Insurance & Financial Services in Pomona, CA we are here to help you determine the answer that is right for you. Give us a call or stop by our office for a no-obligation quote.