New Mexico Renters Insurance

Whether you rent a ranch house outside Albuquerque or a townhouse in Santa Fe, renters insurance can help you repair or replace your personal belongings if they’re damaged or stolen.

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Is renters insurance required in New Mexico?

No. New Mexico has no state laws that require you to have renters insurance, but landlords often require it as part of your lease agreement. While not legally required, renters insurance may help pay for another person’s medical bills or repairs to their property if you’re found legally responsible for their injuries or property damage. Renters liability coverage may also help cover your legal expenses if you’re sued over an incident that occurs in the place you’re renting. Remember, your landlord’s insurance provides coverage for the building itself but not for your belongings.

How much does renters insurance generally cost in New Mexico?

Renters insurance in New Mexico can cost as little as $14 a month (or $172 per year) for around $35,0001 in coverage, according to 2021 data (the most recent available) from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). However, insurance premiums in most states have changed since then. Also, your cost may be different, depending on things like how much personal property you want to cover, what deductible you choose and risks specific to your location.

What does renters insurance in New Mexico typically cover?

Renters insurance policies in New Mexico typically can provide coverage against damage to or loss of personal belongings if it’s caused by:

  • Fire
  • Vandalism and theft
  • Lightning strikes
  • Wind
  • Hail
  • Explosions
  • Falling objects
  • The weight of snow or ice

Flash flooding, a common risk in New Mexico, is not covered, but special flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be available for renters. 

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Learn From Experience

Do you have more questions about renters insurance? We have answers.

Would Renters Insurance Be Worth It if I Don't Own Much?

Even though you’re just getting started, your personal possessions are probably worth more than you realize. Now imagine you have to run out and replace everything at today’s prices. That’s going to be a very expensive shopping trip — unless you have renters insurance to help cover the cost.

How Much Renters Insurance Do I Need?

The amount of coverage you should consider getting depends on the combined value of all your personal possessions. Make a written inventory of what you brought into the place. Now think of what it would cost to replace everything with new merchandise at current prices.

Reasons to Buy Renters Insurance

Simply put, renters need insurance to protect their stuff. As a renter, you don't own the structure you live in and you are not likely to insure it. The belongings inside your rental, on the other hand, are probably important to you. One reason to carry renters insurance is to have coverage for your belongings.