How To Protect Your Self From Rental Scams

id-10064688Renting a home, condo or apartment for a large family get away or just for two is a nice way to spend a vacation. Love a home on the water, or hiking from a cabin in the woods, beware of scammers who want to build up your hopes and take your money.

Scammers are using fake photo’s and descriptions they have stolen from real estate websites to promote their fake listings on places like Craigslist. They put up a lovely photo, bring you in with a winning description and better yet a low price you may not be able to resist. Remember the saying ” If it sounds to good to be true it probably isn’t”.

Once communication starts with a place you are inquiring to rent, keep an eye on the reply’s you receive and how they want to be paid.

Example; An email with misspelled words, or does it address you as sir or madam, is it redirected to another person. Do they provide a phone number that is local for you to talk with someone?

Want you to pay with a money order or wire money to them. Are they out of the country and want you to send the money to say Europe or Nigeria? This is big for wired money scams and guess what, you just gave your money away.

Are they supposedly from an organization or charity. Using this they hope to make you feel more comfortable and trusting of them.

You can not see the property you want to rent unless you give them a deposit. They may tell you that they do not want anyone to know that the house is empty and it is for their protection. You should be able to see what you are going to pay for let alone live in for a vacation. Nobody should ask you for a deposit on a rental property before you see it. If you are out of the state you want to rent from it may not be easy for you to take a trip to see the property, hire a real estate agent from a well know company.

Lets say you do send a deposit, in return some scammers may even go as far as to send you the keys or tell you where the keys are to get access to the property. Either you will receive a set of fake keys, or the place where they said the keys would be, shows up no keys. Be smart, research any deal you come across on Craigslist or a site like it and Make sure you get a lease agreement and deposit receipt when paying. There are legitimate companies out there, but better to be safe and check with the real estate office in the area you are looking to rent our a vacation spot from.

 

 

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How To Protect Your Personal Property with Renters Insurance

ID-100249008There are affordable benefits to renting a house, apartment, condo, or mobile home; you are not responsible for repairs, you can move on after the lease is up and you do not have the added expenses for taxes and home insurance that can be quite costly.

While many people are renting, some renters do not have renters insurance because they do not know it exists or think they cannot afford it.

Renters Insurance can be affordable and help is available to find a plan that you can afford. Do not count on your landlords home insurance to have coverage for your personal belongings or liabilities.

Renters Insurance covers typically furniture, your TV, stereo, appliances, clothing, personal valuables and liability for injuries. If most of a renters belongings were stolen, consider what the cost would be to replace those items. Renters Insurance also covers you in case someone gets injured in your rental. You won’t have to pay their medical bills, nor would you have to pay legal fees if you are sued depending on the policy you choose.

If you cannot live in your rental due to a fire or other damage, you may purchase Additional Living Expense Insurance that can cover your out of pocket living expenses, including hotel charges and meals.

Types Of Personal Property Coverage

Deciding on the amount of your coverage is a very important way to save money. Consider what you can afford though if you do in fact lose everything in a disaster. Would you be better off with a higher deductible and a lower cost policy?

Take Inventory

Once you purchase Renters Insurance, be sure to take inventory of your belongings, furniture and everything in your dwelling. Use photographs or a video. Show serial numbers when available, open closets, drawers, your garage and storage areas. Be as detailed as possible. Don’t keep your photos or video in your dwelling! Save them on line, in a safety deposit or make copies for family and friends to save for you.

When you have Renters Insurance you’ll feel much more at ease because there’s less worry about the what ifs. You’ve taken the proper steps to cover the contents of your rental. When there’s a lightning storm, remember Florida is the lightning capital of the US, you know your microwave, washer, TV, etc. are covered. When a hurricane or tropical storm is headed your way, you can take the proper precautions for you and your family and not worry about your furniture or computers.

Paying a small amount of money now can save you lots in the end with Renters Insurance. Call us today with any questions, glad to help.

 

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What Does Renters Insurance Cover in Florida

ID-100258105In any given year, burglary losses in the United States run in the billions of dollars. The average residential loss often exceeds $1,000.00” (Insurance Industry News)

Many renters do not realize they have so much to lose, whether it is personal belongings or financial loss due to legal liability. If you do not already have renters insurance, you may question its importance and the coverage it provides. Check out some common questions and answers below. You might be surprised to learn just how much you risk losing without proper insurance for both your personal liability and your personal belongings.

Q: Why would I need a renters insurance policy if my landlord carries insurance?

A: The insurance your landlord carries covers the building structure, but does not cover your personal belongings—your furniture, wardrobe, appliances, television—anything that you’ve moved into the building. You need a renters policy to cover your personal possessions.

 Q: Just what is covered by renters insurance? (Also known as “insured Peril”)

A: A covered peril is a cause of loss for which a renters insurance policy will provide protection. Insured losses include theft, fire, smoke, lightning, explosion, riot, vandalism, hail, and water damage from plumbing.

Q: What are the odds of my home/apartment/condo being burglarized?

A: Chances of a burglary in your home are greater than you think. In fact, a burglary occurs about every ten seconds. According to recent FBI statistics, two of every three burglaries occur in homes, condos, or apartments with an average loss of $1,004 per residence!

 Q: Renters insurance covers theft in the home. What if I’m held-up while away from my home, or if I’m a pickpocket victim?

A: Renters Insurance can provide coverage form theft whether it occurs at home or away from home. This coverage includes protection against loss from robbery, pickpocket theft..Even credit card loss, forged checks or counterfeit money.

Q: If my video cassette recorder of stereo were stolen, would my renters insurance provide coverage to buy a new one?

A: The Personal Property Replacement Cost Option in a Renters Policy assures you that most of your covered property will be repaired or replaced without deduction for depreciation. For example: if stolen they above mentioned items will be replace with Brand new items.

 Q: What is the difference between an ACV (actual cash value) and Replacement cost policies?

A: ACV policies are cheaper because they take into account the age of the item that is lost or destroyed. For Example: a 5 year old Stereo is stolen. An ACV policy will only reimburse you the value of a 5 year old stereo! (Maybe $100 if you’re lucky!) A replacement policy says go buy a NEW Stereo of like Brand, quality, features as the one that was stolen and we’ll give you the money to buy it brand new!

Q: What if my child accidentally breaks a neighbor’s window?

A: A renters policy covers property damage caused by you or your family members (up to the policy limits.) This family coverage is automatic in most renters policies.

 Q: How can I determine how much insurance I need?

A: Add up the dollar value of everything you own in your home. Clothing, furniture, television, stereo equipment, computers, kitchen utensils, etc. What would it cost Brand New if you had to replace everything? Most companies have a calculator to help you get in the ball park, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to determine how much you need.

Finally, as a Renter, you face many of the same risks as a homeowner. Some renter’s think they can never be sued as they don’t Own the property. What if you are out playing golf or softball with friends and someone gets hit with a ball? (either bodily injury and/or property damage) The liability of a renters policy will defend you and pay any damages up to the limit that you choose.

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Rental Insurance Tip Actual Cash Value vs Replacement

id-100262368 Actual Cash Value vs Replacement – How it Works;

Your Deductible is the amount you can expect to pay for a loss before your rental insurance policy takes over any cost for you. When you are choosing your deductible, which can be from $100.00 and up, take into consideration the dollar amount you figure for your possessions.

Once you have that figure calculated add a bit more for extra’s. A good way to start this, is to plan out a well detailed inventory list, and while you are doing this list be sure to add to it any receipts, id numbers etc and a little more for things you’ve forgotten or under-priced

Your Actual Cash Vale or Replacement cost is also considered when choosing your policy. Some insurance companies will reimburse you either way but considering that somethings depreciate in value you will be in a better position to go with replacement verses actual cash.

If your total dwelling is destroyed you may want to look into Total Cash Coverage. This is also where your inventory list you have kept in a safe place will come very handy to you. This will cover you for the total amount of renter’s insurance.

Some renter’s insurance Premiums are paid annually, while other companies allow you to pay quarterly or even monthly.

 

 

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Insurance Coverage for Self Storage Units Matters

You have cleaned out the attic, basement, the garage, or you are moving and need to store items you simply do not want to get rid of. Where to go? A self storage Unit facility. Whether it be a car, furniture, or that collection of glassware that has been collecting dust, are your items covered by the storage company’s insurance policy?

When you rent out a self storage unit, you are basically renting a room. You do not live in this room, but your items have a place there. You have a contract or policy to follow, pay on the storage unit every month and you have access to your items to take out or add more when you want. Some facilities offer you a basic coverage in case of theft or fire and you pay a small extra fee every month, but does their insurance cover the cost of your items if they need to be replaced?

Just like getting coverage for you personal items with renters insurance, self storage insurance is similar. You need to determine what insurance coverage you need by figuring out how much the items you are storing are worth. If the storage facility has the coverage you need there is no reason to purchase more. If you have items that are worth more money, a house full of furniture, etc then purchasing a policy for more coverage would be wise.

When you are looking for coverage, figure how much it would cost to replace your items. Make a list of what you have, and write down on the list serial numbers if available and keep your list and receipts for any purchases if you have them in a folder. As you add or take out of the storage unit, go back to your list and make the necessary changes. Make sure your policy will cover you for anything that can happen to your property such as theft, fire, flooding and more.

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