Tennessee Renters Insurance

Whether you rent a luxury studio in downtown Nashville, a three-bedroom townhouse in Chattanooga or a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, renters insurance in Tennessee can help you repair or replace your personal belongings if they’re damaged or stolen.

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How much does renters insurance generally cost in Tennessee?

Renters insurance in Tennessee can cost as little as $17 a month (or $199 per year) for around $35,0001 in coverage, according to a 2021 report (the most recent data available) by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Keep in mind that 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 Tennessee renters insurance typically cover?

Typically, renters insurance policies in Tennessee can provide coverage against damage to or loss of personal belongings if caused by:

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

Flooding — a common risk in Tennessee — is not covered, but special flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be available for renters. 

Is renters insurance required in Tennessee?

No state laws require you to have renters insurance in Tennessee. However, landlords can require you to have a renters policy as part of a lease agreement. Keep in mind that your landlord’s insurance provides coverage for the building itself, but this likely does not include your personal belongings. Renters insurance may also 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.


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Which specific iris (there are hundreds of cultivars) is Tennessee’s official state flower? It’s a little vague, but most Tennesseans believe it’s the familiar iris that grows all over the state, the one known as the blue flag. — Tennessee Secretary of State

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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.

Does Renters Insurance Cover Theft?

Your renters policy helps cover the contents of your apartment for a number of perils — including theft. If someone walks off with your laptop or sound system, your policy can help cover the cost to go out and buy a new one.

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.