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Shared house insurance

Want to protect your stuff? Get contents insurance for shared house living.

If you're living in a shared house, it's a smart idea to get contents insurance so you can protect your stuff. We're not saying your housemates might steal from you, but you can't help it if someone accidentally leaves the bathtub running, or the stove top on.

This is ideal for people who are renting a room in a shared house. If you own the house, a full home insurance policy would be more suitable.

Get contents insurance for shared house living

Name Product Finder score
Youi Contents Insurance
4/5★★★★★
Best Rated Brand
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
4/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Finder’s 2022 Insurer of the Year for Customer Satisfaction and our Top Pick for Fire Damage cover. It’s good if you want a tailored quote over the phone.
Budget Direct Contents Insurance
4.5/5★★★★★
Bonus
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
4.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: The most popular insurer on Finder, Budget Direct prioritises low-cost cover and gives you 15% off your first year. You need to pay extra for flood cover and accidental damage.
QBE Contents Insurance
3/5★★★★★
Green Company
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
3/5★★★★★
Our verdict: It covers essentials such as fire and theft plus comes with some good perks such as security upgrades after a burglary and up to 10% off your first year.
Honey Contents Insurance
4.5/5★★★★★
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
4.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Honey gives you $250 smart sensors to reduce accidents and estimates the value of your contents. It was also a finalist for the comprehensive category in the Finder Awards.
Australia Post Contents Insurance
3.5/5★★★★★
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
3.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Covers common claims such as fire, storms and water damage. Like most contents policies, you need to pay extra for accidental damage cover.
Kogan Contents Insurance
3.5/5★★★★★
Bonus
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
3.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Good comprehensive cover (issued by QBE). Also, get a 10% discount off your first year plus $10 ongoing monthly credit. T&Cs apply.
Qantas Contents Insurance
4.5/5★★★★★
Bonus
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
4.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Earn up to 40K Qantas Points for joining by 2 July. Plus save 30% on your 1st year’s premium for purchasing a combined policy online. T&Cs apply.
Huddle Comprehensive Contents Insurance
3.5/5★★★★★
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
3.5/5★★★★★
Westpac Contents Insurance
2.5/5★★★★★
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
Storm
Fire
Theft
Flood
Accidental Damage (e.g TV falls)
Impact to home (e.g falling trees)
Escaped water (e.g burst pipe)
Portable contents (e.g dropped laptop outside of home)
+ more insured events and other features
2.5/5★★★★★
Our verdict: Provided by Allianz, one of the biggest insurers in Australia. Cover for fire, theft, storm, cyclones and more.
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What cover options do renters have?

If you’re living in a share house and you want insurance cover for your valuable possessions, there are two options to choose from:

Television

Contents insurance

You can take out a contents-only insurance policy which will protect your belongings in the share house against fire, theft, storm and accidental damage, plus it can also provide protection for your legal liability. The only catch with this one is that you're usually paying to cover your entire household (so it might be a good idea to get your housemates to pitch in!).

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Personal effects

Also known as portable contents cover, this type of policy can be particularly handy if you want cover for those items you regularly take with you when you leave home, such as jewellery, sunglasses, and musical instruments. It allows you to cover your contents both at home and away from home, providing protection against accidental loss or damage, theft and a range of other events. It's available as an additional extra on your regular contents insurance policy.

Laptop

Specified contents cover

If you want to get cover for things like your laptop, phone, or really expensive jewellery, then you can add on cover for these separately. It's important to get these valued separately and make sure that they're all listed individually in your policy.

Finder survey: How many Australians of different ages rent?

ResponseGen ZGen YGen XBaby Boomers
I live in a home I rent42.7%27.99%21.71%17.05%
I am living with my parents30.34%5.16%2.96%0.28%
I live in a home I own26.97%66.85%75.33%82.67%
Source: Finder survey by Pure Profile of 1113 Australians, December 2023

Who offers shared house insurance?

Finding cover for a share house can be tricky. The conditions surrounding share accommodation can be confusing and, often, the specific details are not listed in the product disclosure statement.

So we contacted several Australian home insurance brands and asked them to answer the most important questions for house sharers.

Can I get cover for individual contents or does the policy have to be taken out for the entire household?

BrandConditions
EverydayThe policy covers all tenants
YouiThe policy covers all tenants
AAMIYou can get individual cover
AllianzThe policy covers all tenants
Australian UnityThe policy covers all tenants
CGUThe policy covers all tenants
GIOYou can get individual cover

Is there a maximum number of unrelated people that can live in the home?

BrandConditions
EverydayMaximum of three (3) unrelated people
YouiMaximum of three (3) unrelated people
AAMINo maximum listed
AllianzMaximum of three (3) unrelated people
Australian UnityMaximum of three (3) unrelated people
CGUMaximum of two (2) unrelated people
GIOMaximum of five (5) unrelated people

Does the insurer require proof of tenancy?

BrandConditions
Everyday
  • No
Youi
  • No
AAMI
  • No
Allianz
  • No
Australian Unity
  • No
CGU
  • No
GIO
  • No

Does contents insurance cover my belongings or everything in the share house?

One common question renters have when looking for insurance cover is whether the policy covers all the belongings in a share house, or whether you can tailor cover so that you only have to pay for protection for your own stuff. After all, you already do most of the cooking and cleaning in your share house, and you’re the only one who ever remembers bin night, so why should you have to fork out for insurance cover for your housemates’ stuff?

When you take out renter’s contents insurance, most insurers won’t allow you to purchase cover for just one section of the house, such as your room. You will need to take out cover for the whole house, but you can tailor your policy so that it only covers your stuff. You can list all your important belongings on the policy, including computers, cameras, jewellery and other expensive items, and leave everyone else’s belongings off the policy.

Can I share contents insurance with my roommate?

If your flatmate is willing to chip in for cover, another option is to purchase renter’s insurance that covers both your belongings. This means you can split the cost of cover between the two of you and ensure that you have the financial protection you need. However, things can get complicated if you have multiple flatmates that all want cover.

Many insurers will refuse to sell you a policy if there are more than three non-related roommates looking to take out cover, so check with different insurers to see if they are willing to offer the protection you need.

What's covered by shared house insurance?

While the exact cover provided will differ between insurers, a comprehensive renter’s insurance policy will usually include cover for:

  • Fire, theft, storm and hail damage
  • Earthquake, tsunami and lightning
  • Flood
  • Theft and burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Accidental loss and damage
  • Accidental glass breakage
  • Credit card theft
  • Legal liability if an accident occurs at the insured address
  • Temporary accommodation costs if the property is unlivable following an insured event
  • Some will also offer optional portable valuables cover so you can protect your high-value items away from home

What items are included in cover?

Renter’s insurance can provide cover for the following items:

  • Artwork. Items covered include antiques, art objects, paintings, pictures, ornaments, sculptures and works of art.
  • Collections. Items covered include currency no longer in circulation, medals, collectors pins, stamps and stamp collections.
  • Frozen or refrigerated food. Includes cover for items of food or medicine kept in the fridge or freezer.
  • Home entertainment. Items covered include audio and video media, and computer and game console software.
  • Home office equipment. This include items used for everyday business activity.
  • Jewellery. This includes rings, watches, earrings and other items containing precious metals and stones.
  • Money. This includes cash, documents able to be cashed or traded, phone cards, money orders, smart cards, stamps or vouchers.
  • Precious metals and stones. Items covered include bullion, gold or silver nuggets, ingots, and uncut or unset gems.
  • Tapestries. Cover for carpet or rugs that are hand woven.
  • Tools of trade. This cover tools and equipment used for a business activity.

You’ll need to document any item you want to cover, so remember to keep your receipts, take photos of items and keep track of anything else that could home in handy if you need to prove your ownership of an item or its value.

What's not covered by shared house insurance?

There are certain situations when renter’s insurance cannot provide any cover. For example, many insurers will refuse to cover you if there are more than three unrelated people living in the same share house. See our section 'Who offers cover for share houses?' for more information. You generally won't be covered:

  • For loss or damage due to wear and tear
  • If you fail to properly secure your rental property
  • If your claim results due to a housemate’s negligence
  • For loss or damage as a result of electrical or mechanical breakdown
  • For loss or damage caused by rust, mould or mildew
  • For loss or damage caused by vermin or insects
  • If your claim results due to your involvement in illegal activity
  • If your home is unoccupied for an extended period, for example more than 60 consecutive days
  • If your housemate steals something from you
  • For deliberate damage by you or a housemate
Before you choose any renter’s insurance policy, make sure to read the PDS closely for details of when you will and won’t be covered.

What are the share-house risks that contents insurance can cover?

Here are some examples of share-house situations that could be covered by a renter’s insurance policy:

  • If someone breaks in and steals your laptop, smartphone and other personal belongings
  • If a severe storm rips the roof off the property and your furniture suffers rain damage
  • If a pipe bursts and your room is flooded, damaging your possessions
  • If the house and all your belongings are destroyed in a fire
  • If your home is damaged by fire, storm or other insured event and is unlivable while it is being repaired, renter’s insurance can provide cover for your temporary accommodation costs
  • If you accidentally knock over your TV and it breaks
  • If a burglar steals your wallet and you become a victim of credit card fraud

The risks covered by renter’s contents insurance differ depending on the policy you select, so check the PDS for full details of the cover available.

How much contents insurance do I need?

The right level of renter’s insurance cover will depend on your belongings, your financial circumstances and your risk tolerance.

To decide how much cover you need, take some time to itemise all the important items you own. How much would it cost to replace all those items if, for example, your share house was gutted by fire? You might be surprised to learn just how much all your valuables are worth put together, and it’s important to consider whether you’d be able to afford to replace them if you lost everything.

Next, think about how much cover you actually want. Would you be happy with a fire and theft policy, which covers the two most common risks renters face and has more affordable premiums? Or would you prefer the high-level protection and peace of mind that only a comprehensive policy can cover?

By answering these questions, you’ll get a better idea of just how much renter’s insurance cover is enough for you.

Is renter's insurance tax deductible?

For most people, renter’s insurance is not tax deductible. However, if you work from home or if part of your home is used to run a business, you may be able to claim a portion of your renter’s insurance premiums as a tax deduction. The tax treatment of this type of cover varies depending on your personal circumstances, so contact your accountant for expert advice tailored to your situation.

How do I find the best policy?

Keep the following tips in mind to help you find the right renter’s insurance policy for your needs:

  • Consider your cover needs. Take some time to think about the level of cover you need. How much would it cost you to replace all your possessions if they were destroyed in a fire? Do you have any high-value items, for example jewellery or a new laptop, that are critically important and must be covered?
  • Consider your budget. Next, think about how much you can afford and are willing to pay for renter’s insurance? Getting a rough idea of how much you can pay for cover will make it easier to choose a policy.
  • Obtain quotes. Contact multiple renter’s insurance providers to request quotes. See how those quotes compare to one another, but remember that cost should not be the only factor you consider when choosing a policy. For example, while a fire and theft policy may be quite affordable, the cover it offers when compared to a comprehensive policy is actually quite limited.
  • Compare a range of policies. Read the PDS of any policy you are considering. Look at the cover features, benefit limits and exclusions to work out which insurer provides the best value for money.

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Make things easier for yourself and check out our guide for first time renters.

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4 Responses

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    SamJune 5, 2019

    Hi there,

    I recently moved into a share-house in a busy city and I am wanting to get contents insurance but I can’t seem to find one that insures just me, can you help me?

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      JeniJune 6, 2019Finder

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Upon checking, you’re currently at the right page. On the comparison table, please start comparing your options then click on the green go to site button of your chosen insurer to know more on their offered product. You may contact them as well to verify that it’s only you who will be covered.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    HelenFebruary 23, 2017

    I am thinking of renting out my 3 spare rooms to people who work near by. Can you advise me on an Insurance company that will insure for home and contents and personal liability for 3 unrelated people living in our home in Sydney. Would they have to take out personal renters insurance or would I have to. Our existing insurance company doesn’t allow more than one unrelated person living in our home. I would appreciate your advice on this matter.

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      ZubairFebruary 23, 2017Finder

      Hi Helen,

      Thank you for your question.

      On the second table on the top of this page, you can find some insurers who offer cover for up to a maximum of three unrelated people.

      Please make sure though to read the eligibility criteria, features and details of the policy, as well as the relevant PDS/T&C’s of the policy before making a decision and consider whether the product is right for you. If necessary, speak to the insurance brand to verify any details.

      Cheers,
      Zubair

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