Renting a place to live is a very common practice in Louisiana. For the most part, renting is affordable compared to owning a house, since there aren’t as many utility bills, and there is not much maintenance that you have to pay for with a rental, compared to owning a home. In a state like Louisiana, which has been hit hard by hurricanes and the slow economic recovery, renting is a good way to get established in a hometown, while working toward the dream of owning your own home.
Even if you don't own a house, you still have possessions and items that you value. Louisiana renters insurance would be a wise investment in your possessions.
Louisiana Rental Statistics
- Louisiana monthly rent averages about $475.
- In about three of every five Louisiana households, the rent payment made up more than 25 percent of the household income.
- There were 46,000 burglaries in Louisiana in 2011, and 169,000 property crimes overall.
- Renters keep an average of $20,000 worth of personal property in the home.
What Does Louisiana Renters Insurance Cover?
As you can see from the statistics above, Louisiana has one of the highest crime rates in America, and there are a high percentage of renters - about 35 percent by some estimates. The state is also prone to hurricane and tornado. Your landlord's policy covers the structure of the building where you live, but it does not cover the property you keep with you, or your personal liability in case you are sued.
Renters insurance covers the following:
- Your personal property, up to a limit specified in your policy: This can include clothing, appliances, electronics, furniture, and more. However, if you own certain valuable items like jewelry or collector's items, you may need to insure each with its own endorsement.
- Your personal liability, for bodily injury and property damage that occur in your rental home: This could be a dog bite to a child who you are babysitting, or a slip and fall on your icy front steps when the delivery man arrives. Your liability coverage can pay court settlement costs and legal defense fees, up to the limits of your policy.
Renters insurance may be required by your landlord in some contracts, but usually the decision to cover your property and liability is yours. It protects against damage caused by fire, wind, hail, burglary, theft, and other covered causes. To protect against flood, you would need a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood coverage is always recommended in LA, because the majority of the state is at heightened risk of river flood or storm surge.
Is Renters Insurance Expensive?
Since tenants don’t insure the structure or the apartment in which they live, Louisiana renters insurance is pretty affordable. The average renters’ insurance policy in America is about $15 per month, and that varies within Louisiana depending on whether you live in Richland Parish, or St. Charles Parish, Natchitoches, or Baton Rouge. ZIP codes determine your Louisiana renters insurance quotes, as does the value of your property, and any security measures you have in your apartments or rental space (fire extinguisher, sprinklers, burglar alarm, etc.).
To better understand your needs and to get the most appropriate Louisiana renters insurance quotes, sit down with a local agent in the Trusted Choice® network. The agent can assess the value of your belongings, help you determine the right amount of coverage, and can shop dozens of companies to get quality quotes. Then you can secure the best policy for your needs and budget. Find an agent near you today, and get started.