If you have previously purchased or have recently been researching rental insurance policies, you may have stumbled across the term “interested party” and wondered what it meant. An interested party, also referred to as additional interest, party of interest, or third party designee, is a person or group that receives an update whenever you modify, renew, or cancel your insurance policy.
In fact, most landlords and property managers that require renters insurance also request that you add them to your policy as an interested party so that they stay informed about your status and level of coverage throughout the duration of your lease agreement. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to adding an interested party to your renters insurance agreement.
Adding an Interested Party to Your Renters Insurance Agreement
Though the process varies by insurance company, there are some basic steps and guidelines that you can reference when adding an interested party to your renters insurance agreement.
Step 1: Check your policy agreement for relevant information. While many insurers allow you to add an interested party online, you may also have to contact your insurance provider or representative directly to begin the process. Be sure to read through your contract to see if it mentions any important information about this process before reaching out.
Step 2: Consider the cost. Because you are not increasing the scope of your coverage, it is typically free to add an interested party to your renter’s insurance. However, some insurers will charge you a small fee that typically ranges from $2 to $5 per month. To maintain financial security, must carefully consider the cost of your renters insurance plan and its affordability before deciding to shell out more money each month for the service.
Step 3: Get the correct contact information for your interested party. Once you’ve decided to add an interested party to your agreement, you need to collect the appropriate contact information for them. You will need their full name, address, phone number, and/or email to ensure that they stay informed about your policy. Whether you are adding a specific landlord or a property management company, make sure that the contact information you provide is correct so that you don’t have to go back and amend it later.
Step 4: Contact your insurance provider. With all the materials gathered, you’re now ready to reach out to your insurance provider and alert them of this policy update. This is also a great time to contact the interested party and inform them that you have begun the process of including them as informants for your insurance agreements.
Step 5: Keep your policy updated. Like all forms of insurance, it is essential that you keep your renters insurance policy updated.