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Picture of By <span>Matthew Roberts</span>
By Matthew Roberts

Updated on May 29, 2024

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Picture of By <span>Matthew Roberts</span>
By Matthew Roberts

Updated May 29, 2024

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Quick Facts About Tenant Insurance in Oakville

  • Brantford tenant insurance is MORE expensive than the Ontario average.
  • The average cost of tenant insurance in Brantford is $31 per month.
  • On average a one-bedroom apartment costs $1,215 per month in Brantford.

A January 2023 report shows that Oakville is one of the most expensive places to rent homes in Canada. Despite high rent, there’s still a sizable renter population in Oakville, which may be attributed to even higher homeownership costs. 

A potential reason that people might prefer renting is its convenience. When you rent, the landlord is responsible for maintaining and repairing the property if it’s damaged due to a fire, earthquake, or other perils. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to spend anything when disaster strikes.

The landlord’s home insurance only protects the rental property, not its contents. This means you don’t have protection for your belongings unless you have tenant insurance. Tenant insurance foots your repair bills to fix any damages from covered perils. Knowing that your belongings are protected if something happens to them gives you peace of mind.

Many insurers offer tenant insurance, so choosing can be difficult. An understanding of Oakville’s insurance landscape ensures you make informed decisions. Here, learn more about tenant insurance in Oakville.

How Much Does Tenant Insurance in Oakville Usually Cost?

On average, tenant insurance in Oakville is $373/year. That means it’s more expensive than Ontario’s average tenant insurance rate, which is around $264/year. If you break the annual cost down, you’re paying nearly $31 monthly, which is relatively steep compared to many other cities. 

Fortunately, $373/year is just the average tenant insurance rate. You may get lower rates depending on your insurer and various factors like your belongings and your rental property’s location. That said, you might also land higher rates than the average. To ensure you find the best tenant insurance deals, compare offers from multiple insurers using MyChoice.

A Snapshot of Oakville Renters

Examining a town’s rental landscape is a good way to determine whether it’s a good place to rent a home. Here’s an overview of the rental market in Oakville from the 2021 Census of Population.

Of the 73,560 surveyed households, 22.5% rent their homes. This means just under a quarter of Oakville’s residents are renters. About one-fifth of Oakville’s dwellings are apartments in duplexes, low-rises, and high-rises, making up 19.9% of the town’s total dwellings.

In October 2022, the rental vacancy rate in the Halton region, including Oakville, was at 0.5%. This incredibly low vacancy rate usually comes from high demand and low supply. Naturally, this led to price spikes. The average asking price for purpose-built and condo rental apartments in Oakville as of May 2023 is $3,373.

While other factors may come into play, there’s a good chance that high rental rates also come with higher tenant insurance costs. You should be ready to spend a fair bit of money if you’re planning to live in Oakville.

Oakville Population Growth

Oakville’s population grew from 193,832 to 213,759 people between 2016 and 2021, a 10.3% increase over the five years. That’s a pretty high population growth rate relative to other cities in Ontario.

What Is Not Included in a Typical Oakville Renters Insurance Policy?

Even if you’ve opted for a highly comprehensive tenant insurance policy, there are some risks that insurers explicitly don’t include as a covered peril. These are called “exclusions” by Oakville insurance companies.

Here are the most common tenant insurance exclusions:

Criminal activities

If your rented home was damaged due to criminal activity, it won’t be covered by your insurance policy.

Earthquakes

Most policies exclude this risk, but you can cover earthquake losses and damage as an add-on to a standard policy.

Failure to maintain your home

Damage or losses caused by poor home upkeep (e.g., water damage from frozen pipes, broken bannisters) won’t be covered.

Flood damage

Flooding is typically not covered by a standard policy, but it may be included as an add-on.

Home business activities

Home businesses will need separate business insurance coverage to protect you from rental property or equipment damage.

Pest damage

Because this is considered a preventable risk, most insurers don’t cover damage or loss caused by insects, vermin, and animals.

Mould

Mould caused by poor home maintenance is typically excluded by insurance policies. Note that this is separate from mould caused by an insured peril, which will be covered by your policy.

Vacant property risks

Many insurers may void your tenant insurance if you leave the property vacant for over 30 days in a row.

Note that a tenant insurance policy doesn’t cover loss or damage to items that aren’t yours, so it won’t cover a roommate’s belongings or your landlord’s possessions. Also, the list above is by no means an exclusive enumeration of risks typically excluded from a tenant insurance policy in Oakville. Talk to your tenant insurance provider to see what’s covered by your policy in case of loss or damage.

How You Can Get Cheap Tenant Insurance in Oakville?

Compare Oakville tenant insurance rates with MyChoice, or go to our provincial page for practical tips on how to get cheap tenant insurance.

Methodology

Profiles

Average rates were calculated using a standard profile and incident profiles. All personal details pertaining to the quotes and policies have been kept confidential.

Standard Profile

Quoted rates are based on either a 35-year-old male and/or female tenant with a clean claim history and good credit. They are also non-smokers and live in a home with monitored fire alarms and burglar alarms. The tenants also have a $1,000 deductible, a $1,000,000 liability, a $30,000 personal property limit and water damage included.

Incident Profiles

We examined how rates change by evaluating incident profiles. We looked at the most common tenant insurance claims in Canada: theft, fire-related, accidental injury, and water damage claims while comparing them to a clean record (standard).

Home Details

Quoted rates are based on either a duplex or triplex home constructed in the year 2010 or later.

Team

MyChoice data science, MyChoice research.

Sources

1. Mychoice.ca Internal Data, Tenant Insurance Quotes Collected, 2024.

2. Statistics Canada, 2016-2021, Census of Population Statistics, Ontario, Oakville, Population Statistics. Data Published December 16, 2022.

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