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Are Roommates Covered Under Renter’s Insurance?

Houston Roommates Moving Into HomeSplitting the cost of a Houston rental house with a roommate can be an excellent method to save money on rent, utilities, and more. The question here concerns mainly about renter’s insurance. Can roommates share a single renter’s insurance policy? To respond to that question, we need to have an understanding of all things related to renter’s insurance policy”” who it covers, and what the pros and cons are of sharing a policy.

Many landlords require tenants to buy renter’s insurance. The property owner likely has insurance covering the rental property, but that policy does not protect a tenant’s personal property. In the event of a fire or burglary, a renter’s insurance policy will help a renter replace personal items that were damaged or stolen, and also protects a tenant against liability claims should someone injure themselves while visiting the property.

Most of the time, individual tenants carry their own renter’s insurance policy. Renter’s insurance typically only covers you and your personal property; it does not include other people living in the house. But it is sometimes possible to share renter’s insurance with a roommate. Although state laws vary, in some states, you can add a roommate to a renter’s insurance policy. In most cases, to share a renter’s insurance policy, each person covered by the policy would need to be listed on the lease as well as listed on the insurance policy itself.

There are situations when sharing a renter’s insurance policy makes sense. If you are sharing a Houston rental home with a relative or with a partner in a stable, longstanding relationship, it may be worth it to help reduce the cost.

Nevertheless, just because you can share renter’s insurance doesn’t essentially mean that you have to. If you share a renter’s insurance policy with a roommate, you also part their insurance history. If your roommate files a claim, that claim will be visible on your insurance record as well. That may mean increased insurance rates in the future, even if you were not the one who filed the claim.

There are a few other necessary things to take into consideration before sharing a renter’s insurance policy. The cost of renter’s insurance is often based on how expensive your personal possessions are. If one roommate has far more valuable things than the other, then the roommate with the budget furniture will end up paying more than they should in a 50/50 split.

It’s also crucial to remember that roommate arrangements can change rather unexpectedly. If one roommate has to move because of a new career opportunity or other reasons, the cost of the renter’s insurance policy may fall entirely on the remaining roommate. This can lead to paying far more than you should for that policy.

If you are thinking about sharing a renter’s insurance policy with a roommate, it’s important first to consider your individual situation first. Then, talk to both an insurance agent and your roommate. Having an honest conversation with everyone involved can help you make the right choice.

If you’d like to talk to an expert on the matter, contact Real Property Management Preferred and ask one of our Houston property managers. From owners to tenants, we can help. Contact us online or call us at 267-433-4200 today.

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