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Does Renters Insurance Cover Water Damage?

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If you’ve ever been without renters insurance and then experienced a flood, hurricane, or other natural disasters, you know that it can be a hassle to find out if your insurance will cover the cost of the damages. With so many multiple companies selling plans and so many other things, it might be difficult to keep track of the considerations that impact what is included in an insurance contract. This article answers the most common question: does renters insurance cover water damage? 

Does Renters Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Renters insurance covers water damage in many scenarios but does not protect you in every situation. For example, incidents like a clogged toilet or a burst pipe are likely to be covered. However, most renter’s insurance policies do not cover damage caused by backed-up sewage or flooding or if the damage was caused by negligence (acting irrationally or recklessly).

Furthermore, renters insurance only protects your personal property. Your landlord is responsible for the building’s regular maintenance, but renters insurance can help you protect your possessions. This means you don’t have to replace things like pipes if your plumbing fails; however, you may require insurance to replace damaged personal items.

Water Damage From Ceiling Leaks 

Does renters insurance cover water damage from ceiling leaks?

Yes, renters insurance covers your belongings if ceiling leaks damage them. Your renter’s insurance can replace your furniture and TVs if water leaks through the ceilings or windows of another apartment. In this case, you would file a claim with your insurer. 

If there is a problem with the property, you should notify your landlord immediately. Regardless of its cause, the landlord should maintain the property for structural soundness and upkeep. Reporting structural damage could also help you limit your culpability. For example, most rental agreements provide that you are not liable for structural damage if you notify your landlord in writing as soon as you identify a problem.

Does Renters Insurance Cover Flood Damage?

Your renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Neither renters insurance nor your landlord is responsible for covering flood damage to your possessions. To cover losses from the flood, you would need a separate flood insurance policy or a flood endorsement. Consider coverage; if you live in an area where floods are likely to occur, you can report to the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Does Renters Insurance Cover Water Damage Cause by a Flooded Toilet?

Yes, renters insurance will cover damages caused by a flooded toilet as long as it wasn’t willful on the renter’s part, such as flushing your toilet repeatedly after it clogs.

You may wish to protect yourself by filing a renters insurance liability claim if your acts cause damage to the building. Your landlord could sue you for the expense of repairs if the overflow damages your apartment’s floor. In this circumstance, your renter’s insurance would cover your legal expenses even if you lost the case.

If you are involved in a lawsuit and lose, your renter’s insurance will cover your legal fees. If you were found accountable, it would also cover the cost of the property damage you caused.

Great-Now That You’re Armed With Info; the Next Step is to get Help Filing your Claim.

Here at RRBH, we understand that water damage can be a stressful and confusing experience. We hope this article has helped clarify some confusion surrounding renter insurance and water damage. If you have any further questions or need assistance filing a claim, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!