New York-based specialty insurance provider Assurent has acquired SureDeposit, a provider of alternatives to resident security deposits. The two companies say the merger will give residents more streamlined options to both the move-in and risk protection processes. Assurent says that the SureDeposit customer, a resident who want to avoid steep security deposits through the use of surety bonds, is ripe for liability protection in the form of personal and property insurance. "We'll be able to simplify things by offering a deposit alternative and renters coverage through one provider," said Kathy McDonald, president of Assurent's Property Solutions group.