More than 60 percent of tenants lack basic renters insurance, even in South Dakota. Compared with the rest of the U.S., South Dakota rents are very affordable, and without renters insurance, the cost of recovering property and housing after a fire or other devastating event could be financially crippling. You can get quotes on a wide variety of renters insurance quotes to cover your belongings and liability risks against an unexpected calamity or crime.
A low rent-to-income ratio makes South Dakota a welcoming place for renters. Many residents work in mining, agriculture and manufacturing, living paycheck to paycheck. That makes it even more important to have the right renters insurance so that a fire or major storm doesn't cause insurmountable debt.
South Dakota State law does not mandate renters insurance, but some landlords may require proof of coverage as part of the rental agreement. Even if you don’t have to get renters insurance, you may still want to get it – it’s a good idea.
Many tenants believe that if something happened to their rental home, the landlord's insurance would cover the loss of their personal belongings. However, you are financially responsible for any items you bring into the home, such as furniture, clothing and electronics. The landlord's insurance policy only covers the building and any appliances owned by the landlord.
Additionally, if a guest suffers an accident or a dog bite in your home, you could face a legal claim. Without renters insurance, the court settlement and your legal defense would fall on your shoulders, leaving you with thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay out of your future earnings and assets.
Renters insurance is similar to homeowners insurance. It provides property and liability coverage against certain events. Unlike homeowners insurance, a renters policy covers only the property you keep inside the home, not the structure or the grounds. Examples of personal property include the following:
Covered events can include house fires, lightning strikes, wind damage, hail, burglary, theft and vandalism.
Most people keep about $20,000 worth of personal belongings in the home. Even if you buy most of your furniture second hand, the expense of replacing all of it at once could be difficult to manage.
Renters insurance provides contents coverage, starting at $20,000. You can choose to increase this limit or to add extra endorsements for valuable items like jewelry, collectible items and musical instruments. You can also choose whether you want replacement cost coverage for a slightly higher fee or whether you want actual cash value coverage, which takes depreciation into account.
Renters insurance policies often include renters liability coverage. This is important protection against legal claims. If you accidentally cause bodily injury or property damage to a guest, delivery person or intruder in your home, you could be financially responsible. Liability coverage pays a portion of a court settlement as well as part of your legal defense.
Lastly, your renters policy can include temporary housing coverage, which helps with relocation after a fire or other covered event makes your rental home unlivable.
The average price of a renters insurance policy is about $150 for the entire year. That amounts to about $13 per month. Of course, if you own a great deal of valuable property, you may need coverage that is more extensive. The following factors, and more, will influence your insurance quotes:
The best way to make sure you get the right renters policy at the right price is to shop around. An independent agent can do the shopping for you. Agents in the Trusted Choice® network can access many different insurance companies to compare coverage and rates and find the appropriate quotes for you.
Contact an independent agent right here in South Dakota for the renters insurance that will keep you covered for when you need it most.