“I was a renter in the same residence for nine years, and had an accidental fire which severely damaged one room. Not only did our landlords ask us to leave, but now their insurance company is coming after us for the claim. (We received none of this money, by the way.) We did not have renters insurance, which I am being led to believe would not have covered the dwelling, only the contents or my personal belongings. I have never heard of this, and I haven’t recovered from my own losses. What are my rights and what can I do to stop this?”

 

“You’re right in believing that renters insurance only would have covered your personal belongings. Insurance for the structural space you are living in should be covered under your landlord’s policy. Even if your landlord has not purchased landlords insurance, this does not mean that liability lies with you. According to [Here the site names an insurance company that shall remain anonymous (despite their indirect connection to Peter Sellers) because we can’t believe that someone there actually said this. – Ed.], the fact that you do not own the property means that you are not legally liable for damage done to it. You should ask your landlord’s company to give you the rule in writing that allows them to come after you for payment.

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