Can landlord require a tenant to buy renter’s insurance?

UPDATED: Sep 22, 2013

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Can landlord require a tenant to buy renter’s insurance?

Asked on September 22, 2013 under Real Estate Law, California


Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Such a clause may be permissible under law. Contact an attorney in your state for legal advice regarding your state laws and your personal needs. Generally: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.






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Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Virtually anything can be written into a lease, including a requirement that the tenant purchase renter's insurance.  If it is required in the lease, then the tenant will be required to have it, and may be evicted for failing to have it, because that would be a breach of the lease terms.

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