Renters Insurance

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Be sure your personal property is covered

What does renters insurance cover?

A renter’s insurance policy provides protection for your personal property, such as furniture or electronic equipment, in cases like fire or theft.

Renters insurance also provides liability protection for unintentional bodily injury or property damage.

Does my policy cover damage to the building I’m renting in?

Renters typically have no need to provide insurance protection for the building. The building owner’s insurance covers damage to the building and that cost is built into your rent.

Doesn’t my landlord’s insurance cover me?

Your landlord’s policy does not cover your personal property. The home or commercial property insurance policy your landlord carries insures the landlord’s property, not yours. If a fire or other disaster destroys your possessions, you could suffer a significant financial loss unless you have renters insurance.

Is coverage affordable?

A common misconception regarding renters insurance is that it’s expensive. In fact, it’s extremely inexpensive. Even if you feel your possessions are fairly modest, losing even one big ticket item or lots of smaller possessions at one time could be financially devastating. Unless you have enough money saved to replace everything you own—clothes, furniture, computer, entertainment system, microwave, etc.—renters insurance is definitely worth the cost.

Prices vary according to the amount of coverage and the deductible you choose, as well as certain risk factors like where you live. Depending on the amount of coverage and the deductible, a typical renters policy with Member Benefits starts at $6–$7 per month.

What should I look for in a renters insurance policy?

Liability protection. Unintentional bodily injury or property damage that you cause to others could be as financially damaging to you as a fire in your apartment. Liability protection against accidental occurrences (such as someone slipping on a wet floor and breaking an arm) comes standard with renters insurance policies.

Replacement cost coverage vs. actual cost. Be sure to look for replacement cost coverage. Instead of covering the actual cash value of your belongings, replacement cost coverage will pay the full amount to repair or replace your belongings. For example, let’s say you bought your bike three years ago for $2,000. Actual cash coverage will pay you for the depreciated value of the bike—maybe a couple hundred dollars. Replacement cost coverage will reimburse you for the complete current cost of buying a new bike.

You may be eligible for discounts on both renters and auto insurance when you purchase both policies from WEA Member Benefits.

Call one of our consultants at 1-800-279-4010 or visit our Web site at weabenefits.com for a free insurance consultation and comparison quote.

Every Member Financially Secure

WEA Trust Member Benefits has been helping Wisconsin public school employees achieve their financial goals for over 35 years by providing personal insurance and retirement and investment programs that are designed with unique qualities that set us apart from other commercial providers.

We operate as a trust that reinvests any profits back into programs that benefit participants. Since we do not have to pay shareholders, we can focus on meeting the needs of those we serve with high-quality products that are competitively priced rather than increasing profits.

Outstanding customer service is what you can expect from Member Benefits. In fact, we have one of the highest customer retention and satisfaction rates in the industry.

Effective April 2017. Subject to change.

WMBT 4088-290-0417