Source: InsuranceQuotes.com / #Renters #Insurance
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Only 34% of Americans who rent their homes or apartments have renter's insurance, according to a new survey released today by InsuranceQuotes.com, a Bankrate (NYSE: RATE) company.
InsuranceQuotes.com also found that 60% of Americans incorrectly pegged the annual cost of renter's insurance at $250 per year or more. Twenty-one percent thought renter's insurance cost a whopping $1,000 per year or more. The correct answer (according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners) is $185 per year.
"Renter's insurance is a lot more affordable than most people think," said Laura Adams , senior insurance analyst, InsuranceQuotes.com. "Most renters don't realize that their landlord's insurance usually only covers the structure and not the renter's belongings. And even in a safe area, renters can fall victim to theft, fire, water damage or another calamity. Fifteen dollars a month is a small price to pay in order to protect your possessions and liability in a lawsuit."
The InsuranceQuotes.com survey found that the most common reasons for lacking renter's insurance are "my apartment or rental home has good security" (cited as an important reason by 57% of those who lack renter's insurance), "renter's insurance is too expensive" (52%) and "my landlord has insurance" (48%).
InsuranceQuotes.com also found that only 28% of those who have renter's insurance received the recommended three or more policy quotes before purchasing.
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety at InsuranceQuotes.com