In the aftermath of the recent Thomas Fire, there is one group where a majority suffered uninsured losses, and this is people who rented apartments or homes. Many people lost their personal belongings in the recent fire but their lives were also made more complex because they had to find a new place to live. This involves paying first and last month’s rent along with a cleaning deposit, but before they even sign a new lease, they probably spent several days to weeks in a hotel or short term shelter.
These additional living expenses are paid by the Insurance Company for those who had a Renter’s Policy. To file a claim for Additional Living Expenses, the whole place does not need to burn down. I have had clients that had to vacate their apartment for a week while the Landlord repaired a broken water pipe or because the downstairs neighbor had a fire creating some smoke problems in their place.
What is the cost of a basic Farmers Insurance Renter’s policy in the Ventura/Oxnard area? About $11 per month. And if you have your cars already insured with Farmers, and you figure the discount added to your auto policies, the monthly cost is even less.
So if you fit in the “Renter” category and do not yet have a Renter’s policy, you might want to look into covering this area of your life. If you have any questions on this or would like to know what your specific cost would be, give me a call, (805)985-5488, or send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org