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What is renters insurance?

Renters insurance covers your personal property and liability from covered losses. The coverage is quite affordable too, with an average cost of $19 per month. The Zebra's licensed agents can provide you with renters insurance quotes to get you started.

Read on to explore what a typical renters policy will cover as well as the additional coverage options and average premiums from top insurance providers.

Key takeaways:

  • Renters insurance provides coverage for personal property and liability, with an average monthly cost of $19
  • The best way to get a policy is to get renters insurance quotes from multiple companies 
  • Rates vary based on factors like location and coverage type, with an average annual rate of $233
  • Renters insurance typically covers personal property, liability, additional living expenses, and medical payments

How much does renters insurance cost?

The average annual rate for a renters insurance policy is $233, or $19 per month. However, your rates will depend on several factors such as your address and the types of coverage and limits that you elect.

To provide an estimate, we used The Zebra's dynamic rate tool to compile average premiums for a variety of rates. We averaged personal property limits of $50,000 from top companies across the U.S.

Insurance Provider Average Yearly Renters Rates Monthly Rate
Allstate $372 $31
American Family $289 $24
Farmers $246 $20
Liberty Mutual $285 $24
MetLife $283 $24
Nationwide $253 $21
Progressive $305 $25
State Farm $179 $15
Travelers $217 $18
USAA $186 $15

The Zebra’s renters insurance data methodology

The renters insurance rates published in this guide are based on The Zebra’s annual analysis of average renters insurance premiums in every U.S. ZIP code. This data comes to us from Quadrant Information Services, which sources the latest approved rate filings across carriers in each state from S&P Global. Quadrant then uses an internal QA process to validate the information and build reports before the data is queried and analyzed by The Zebra.

These rates are based on a sample user profile: a single 30-year-old renter with an HO-4 renters policy living in a 1,000-square-foot apartment and carrying these coverage limits:

  • $50,000 for personal property
  • $100,000 for personal liability
  • $5,000 for loss of use
  • $1,000 for medical payments
  • $500 deductible

To provide insight to renters on how specific personal factors (like age, location and coverage level) can affect your premium, this base profile is then adjusted for different factors commonly used by insurance companies. For more information, see our full data methodology.

Zebra Tip: Renters insurance bundling

Along with protecting your belongings, renters insurance can lead to discounts on other lines of insurance — namely, auto insurance. Consider bundling your renters and car insurance insurance policies to obtain a multi-policy discount. Bundling renters and auto policies can save you an average of $79 per year!

Renters insurance premiums by state

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of the cost of renters insurance.

State Average Renters Rates Average Monthly Premium
Alaska $185 $15
Alabama $271 $23
Arkansas $307 $26
Arizona $242 $20
California $219 $18
Colorado $209 $17
Connecticut $291 $24
Washington DC $235 $20
Delaware $249 $21
Florida $256 $21
Georgia $270 $22
Hawaii $241 $20
Iowa $171 $14
Idaho $196 $16
Illinois $239 $20
Indiana $331 $28
Kansas $256 $21
Kentucky $206 $17
Louisiana $451 $38
Massachusetts $215 $18
Maryland $228 $19
Maine $142 $12
Michigan $265 $22
Minnesota $162 $13
Missouri $284 $24
Mississippi $316 $26
Montana $227 $19
North Carolina $280 $23
North Dakota $156 $13
Nebraska $190 $16
New Hampshire $163 $14
New Jersey $223 $19
New Mexico $223 $19
Nevada $200 $17
New York $316 $26
Ohio $215 $18
Oklahoma $273 $23
Oregon $196 $16
Pennsylvania $232 $19
Rhode Island $289 $24
South Carolina $220 $18
South Dakota $173 $14
Tennessee $226 $19
Texas $379 $32
Utah $163 $14
Virginia $219 $18
Vermont $113 $9
Washington $168 $14
Wisconsin $165 $14
West Virginia $284 $24
Wyoming $133 $11

How to get a renters insurance quote

There are several ways to get renters insurance quotes, but the best option is to compare quotes from several companies at once. The Zebra's in-house insurance agency works with top carriers nationwide to sell renters insurance policies. We can help you find the best coverage for your needs. Call us at 888-444-2833 to get started.

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If you're looking for an online option, try our trusted partner Lemonade. Lemonade is a relatively new insurance provider in the US. They offer customized coverage with a great online experience. Get a quick Lemonade quote for free!

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Real-life customer experience

The following employees from The Zebra have Lemonade as their personal renters insurance carrier and have these thoughts:

Ross Martin

  • Customer for 3+ years
  • Only has a renters policy
  • Has never filed a claim

Q: How do you feel about the coverage level Lemonade provides, your monthly premiums and the overall level of customer service provided?

I've always had a great experience with Lemonade. Getting set up was incredibly easy through the app and gave me plenty of customization options. Moving to a new location, even to a different state, was completely seamless as well.

The premiums have always been very affordable, even when I've added scheduled items. Overall I'd recommend Lemonade to any renter looking for coverage.

Ava Lynch

  • Customer for 3+ years
  • Only has a renters policy
  • Has never filed a claim

Q: How do you feel about the coverage level Lemonade provides, your monthly premiums and the overall level of customer service provided?

A: I think the testament of a good insurance company is if you never think about it, which is how I'd describe Lemonade. It's been pretty easy to use the app and I like that everything is done just through that. The UI is simple and clean and the app is fast. My premium is very affordable.

I initially got a quote from my auto provider (Progressive) and it was almost as much as my car insurance premium. Renters insurance should be <$20 for most standard 1-2bd policies and this one was closer to $60 for the same coverage. Bundling is not always the cheapest option!

How to compare rental insurance quotes

When comparing renters insurance quotes, it's crucial to ensure you're making an informed decision that balances cost with the coverage you need. Here are key steps to follow:

  1. Assess Your Needs: Know the value of your belongings and the coverage you need (e.g., personal property, liability).

  2. Get Multiple Quotes: The Zebra recommends that you compare quotes from various insurers for a broad perspective. Our insurance agency can do this on your behalf.

  3. Examine Coverage and Deductibles: Check the limits of coverage and the deductibles. Lower premiums might mean less coverage or higher out-of-pocket costs.

  4. Look for Extra Features: Some policies offer additional protections like identity theft or living expense coverage.

  5. Understand Exclusions: Be clear about what's not covered, such as flood or earthquake damage.

  6. Research the Insurer: Consider the company's customer service reputation and financial stability.

  7. Inquire About Discounts: Discounts might be available for security systems, non-smokers, or bundled policies.

How does renters insurance work?

Renters policies work differently than standard homeowners policies. While you are renting a home or apartment, your renters policy covers only your personal belongings. You do not have to worry about insuring the structure, walls or fixed furniture — this is covered by your landlord's policy.

In a typical HO-4 policy, renters insurance has four primary coverage options:

Every renters insurance policy is a named peril policy: your insurance will cover you in the event of any of the circumstances specifically listed on your policy. A peril is a cause of damage.

For example, if your apartment were to catch on fire and the contents of your living room were destroyed, your renters insurance would compensate you up to your coverage limits. For more information about these coverages, have a look at our guide to renters insurance coverage.

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Hail
  • Explosions
  • Civil unrest
  • Aircraft
  • Vehicles
  • Smoke
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief 
  • Theft
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Falling objects
  • Weight of snow, ice or sleet
  • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam from an appliance, or a plumbing, heating or air conditioning systems
  • Sudden and accidental tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water system, air conditioning or automatic fire-protection system
  • Short-circuit damage caused by electrical appliances
Nathan Foster -- Licensed insurance professional at The Zebra
Expert insight from The Zebra

"Renter's insurance covers you in case you have a claim and your property is damaged or someone is injured. You pay the insurance company and if you have a claim they will pay up to the limits on your policy to get you back to the same financial place you were before you had the claim"

Nathan Foster — Licensed insurance professional at The Zebra

What is and isn't covered by Renters Insurance
Typically Covered by Renters Insurance Typically Not Covered by Renters Insurance
Personal property damage (fire, theft) Property damage due to natural disasters (floods, earthquakes)
Liability for injuries in your rental Roommate's belongings (unless specified in policy)
Additional living expenses (hotel stays) Automobiles and related items
Medical payments for guests' injuries Damage from intentional acts or gross negligence
Personal property away from home Business equipment (professional use)
Theft of or damage to rented items High-value items beyond a certain limit (jewelry, art) without a rider
Accidental damage to someone else's property Wear and tear or maintenance issues

Items that aren't covered or that require special coverage

Not all items are automatically covered. This list below shows some items that typically aren't covered (or that are only covered up to a certain amount). Oftentimes these items require specific endorsements or "riders" to increase this coverage amount.

Sub-limit Property Limitations
$200 Money, coins, gold  
$1,500 Jewelry, watches, furs Theft only
$1,500 Watercraft, trailers Theft only
$2,500 Firearms  
$2,500 Silverware  
$2,500 Business property On-premises
$500 Business property Off-premises
Varies Electronics  

Learn about the sub-limits on personal property coverage and get a more in-depth analysis of renters insurance coverage options.

What does renters insurance not cover?

It’s important to keep in mind the events renters insurance does not cover. Renters insurance doesn't protect anything the policyholder doesn’t own. The structural aspects of your apartment or home aren't covered by renters insurance, only your belongings.

Renters insurance also doesn’t cover damages caused by earthquakes or floods. Some insurance companies offer additional earthquake insurance, while flood policies are typically handled through FEMA.

Landlords typically do not provide renters insurance. It's a product you should shop for and purchase yourself.


Q: Is renters insurance required?

A: Though renters insurance is not mandated by law — like auto insurance is, for example — it's legal for landlords to require tenants to have renters insurance coverage.

According to licensed agent Nathan Foster, "Most apartment complexes and landlords require insurance. You never know what condition the house is in when you move into it. If the roof leaks and damages some of your belongings, your landlord's insurance policy will likely not pay for that. That would fall on your personal renter's insurance policy."

Having renters insurance works in both the landlord's and tenant's favor; it covers the tenant for both liability and their personal belongings, meaning that the landlord won't be held responsible if you accidentally cause a fire or a guest of yours is accidentally injured. It's an affordable way to keep your landlord happy and your property safe.

Additional considerations before you purchase

Prior to purchasing renters insurance, consider the factors below:

1. Determine your coverage needs

Complete a home inventory to document your belongings. This will help you determine the amount of coverage you require and speed up the claims process in the event of an incident.

2. Decide if you want to share your renters insurance policy with a roommate

If you’re sharing an apartment, consider sharing a renters insurance policy with your roommate. Sharing a renters policy splits the bill — although renters insurance is often relatively affordable to begin with. If the policy is in your name, any claim your roommate files would be on your policy as well. If your roommate files multiple claims, you could face a rate hike or policy cancellation. See more information on renters insurance with roommates and renters insurance for college students.

3. Explore additional coverage options

If you own high-value belongings, inquire about coverage for those items. You may want to consider a scheduled endorsement or rider. An endorsement is a coverage add-on for a high-value item that exceeds normal policy coverage limits.

Furthermore, your insurer may offer further coverage for things like electronic devices or sewer-backup that are not covered on a standard policy. These endorsements can usually be added for a small increase to your monthly premium.

4. Consider replacement cost coverage

Most insurance providers will reimburse you for your personal property based on an actual cash basis — which deducts depreciation from your payout. However, replacement cost coverage reimburses you for the amount it would take to buy the same item at its current market value. Many insurance companies will allow you to add this coverage via an endorsement.

Renters insurance FAQs

Review a few of the most commonly asked renters insurance questions — and answers — below.

Generally, you and your spouse, children, relatives and other family are covered by renters insurance if you all live in the same household. However, this is something that should be verified by your renters insurance — some insurers prefer you to add the names of everyone you're living with. But if you're living with a roommate or two — with no family relation — you will need to either explicitly add them to your renters policy or have your roommate get their own separate policy.

Renters insurance policies typically provide coverage for one year. While it may be easier to renew without shopping around, we always recommend comparing insurers and quotes just before the policy expires because there is no penalty for switching companies. If you already have car insurance, consider bundling a renters policy to get a discount.

It depends. Renters insurance typically covers many of the damages that may occur as a result of a hurricane, including windstorms, fire, hail or lightning. However, most renters policies do not cover water damage via floods or storm surge. When you file a claim following a hurricane, your renters insurance company will investigate to determine which damages were caused by covered perils, and which happened as a result of water damage. Learn more about renters insurance and natural disasters.

No. Renters insurance typically does not cover water damage caused by flooding or storm surges. If you live in a flood- or hurricane-prone location, you should consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy to account for the possibility of losses caused by flooding.

Yes, unless your dog appears on your renters insurance company's list of excluded breeds. Renters insurance is a wise investment if you own a dog, as liability coverage will cover your expenses (like legal fees or medical bills) in the event your dog injures someone at your home. But insurance companies often restrict the types of pets they cover, withholding coverage for renters who own a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd or other dog breed deemed too risky to insure.


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