Lemonade offers renters insurance with a feature that sweetens the deal. You choose a charity when buying insurance through Lemonade, then your payments are pooled with those of other policyholders. After paying expenses and claims each year, the company gives any money left over to customers’ favorite causes. In 2021, this amounted to more than $2.3 million in donations.
Lemonade Insurance has no sales agents. You buy coverage and make claims through the company’s app or website. Lemonade sells not only renters insurance but also homeowners, condo, co-op, life and pet insurance.
|Best for: Those who want a simple, understandable policy from a tech-centric, mission-driven company.|
Lemonade renters insurance pros and cons
|Some claims are paid instantly.||More consumer complaints than expected for a company of its size.|
|Quick quotes available via website and app.||Not available in all states.|
|If belongings are lost or stolen, you'll be paid enough to buy brand-new replacements.||Digital-first format isn't ideal if you want the personal support of an agent.|
How Lemonade renters insurance rates
Lemonade renters insurance earned 4.0 stars out of 5 for overall performance. NerdWallet’s ratings are determined by our editorial team. The scoring formula takes into account coverage and discounts, ease of filing a claim, website transparency, financial strength, complaint data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and more.
Lemonade renters insurance is available in 27 states plus Washington, D.C.
Lemonade renters insurance coverage
Landlords sometimes require tenants to purchase a policy with a minimum amount of renters liability insurance, but otherwise, the coverage you choose is generally up to you. Below are the four types of coverage included in most standard renters policies:
|Type of coverage||What it does|
|Personal property||Covers your clothing, furniture, electronics and other belongings.|
|Loss of use||Pays for hotel stays, restaurant meals or other expenses if you have to live elsewhere while your home undergoes covered repairs.|
|Liability||Pays out if you're responsible for injuries to other people or damage to their property.|
|Medical payments||Covers injuries to other people in your home, regardless of fault.|
For more details, see what renters insurance is and what it covers.
Lemonade covers your belongings on a replacement cost basis. That means if your items are stolen or destroyed, it’ll pay out enough for you to buy new replacements. Some companies pay out less to reflect the depreciated value of your belongings.
Depending on where you live, optional coverage types may also be available, including:
- Extra coverage, which pays out if jewelry, fine art, cameras, bicycles or musical instruments are lost, damaged or stolen. No deductible applies.
- Water backup, for damage caused by water coming out of your drain or sewer.
- Equipment breakdown, which pays if appliances or electronics (like your phone or TV) have a mechanical failure.
You may be able to save money on your Lemonade renters insurance policy if:
- You buy another type of Lemonade policy such as pet insurance.
- Your home has protective devices such as smoke alarms or deadbolt locks.
Lemonade received significantly more than the expected number of home insurance complaints to state regulators relative to its size, according to three years’ worth of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. (NAIC home insurance complaints cover other home policy types, including renters, mobile home and condo insurance.)
Website: Lemonade’s website is cleanly designed and easy to use, with an instant quote feature right on the homepage. You can find information about the company’s policies on its lengthy FAQ page.
App: Available for both iOS and Android, Lemonade’s app is the place to go to get quotes and buy your policy. You’ll also use it to file claims (though in an emergency where you don’t have web access, Lemonade has a phone number you can call to get the process started).
To file a claim on the app, record a video of yourself describing what happened, then fill in some information about the amount of your claim.
Although many cases are transferred to a person on the claims team, Lemonade says it handles 30% of claims instantly and wires money to your bank.
Renters insurance buying guide
Before you compare renters insurance companies, gather key information such as the address of the rental and any safety and security features the unit has.
You should also figure out how much coverage you need. Take a quick inventory of your belongings: How much would it cost you to replace them? Include all furniture, electronic devices, clothing, jewelry and household items. This total is the minimum amount of personal property insurance you should have.
Your liability limit should be high enough to cover your net worth, while your deductible should be an amount you’d feel comfortable paying in an emergency.
When evaluating renters insurance quotes, make sure each rate estimate includes the same coverage limits and deductibles so you know you’re getting a fair comparison. While it’s tempting to buy the cheapest policy, you may also want to read reviews of your preferred company to make sure it offers good customer service.
How to file a renters insurance claim
File as soon as it’s safe. The sooner you report a theft or damage to your home, the sooner your insurer can assign an adjuster and start working on paying out your claim. Some companies let you file claims online or through their app, while in other cases you may have to call your agent or insurer instead. Have your policy number handy.
Document the damage. Bolster your claim by taking photos or video of all damage. If something was stolen, report it to the police before you contact your insurance company. Your insurer may ask for a copy of their report.
Prevent further damage. After you’ve taken pictures of everything broken or destroyed, take steps to prevent additional damage, such as putting a tarp over a broken window to protect your belongings inside. Keep receipts for any supplies you buy, as your insurer may reimburse you later.
Frequently asked questions
What other types of insurance does Lemonade offer?
Lemonade sells homeowners, condo, co-op, term life and pet insurance. It launched a new auto insurance product in Illinois in November 2021, with plans to roll out to more states in the future. Check out NerdWallet’s Lemonade home insurance review.
How much is Lemonade renters insurance?
The company advertises plans starting at $5 a month, but your own premium will depend on where you live and the amount of coverage you need. Discover the average cost of renters insurance.
Does Lemonade have dog breed restrictions?
Lemonade renters policies will generally cover liability claims if your dog bites someone outside your household, but some breeds are restricted from coverage in certain states. These may include pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers and Siberian huskies.
Other renters insurance companies to consider
Not ready to make a decision? You may be interested in these other renters insurance companies:
Renters insurance ratings methodologyNerdWallet’s renters insurance ratings reward companies for customer-first features and practices. Ratings are based on weighted averages of scores in several categories, including financial strength, consumer complaints, coverage options, discounts, online experience and more. Our “ease of use” category looks at factors such as website transparency and how easy it is to file a claim. These ratings are a guide, but we encourage you to shop around and compare several insurance quotes to find the best rate for you. NerdWallet does not receive compensation for any reviews. Read our editorial guidelines.
Insurer complaints methodology
NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2018-2020. To assess how insurers compare to one another, the NAIC calculates a complaint index each year for each subsidiary, measuring its share of total complaints relative to its size, or share of total premiums in the industry. To evaluate a company’s complaint history, NerdWallet calculated a similar index for each insurer, weighted by market shares of each subsidiary, over the three-year period. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.