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Apartment Fire$83,000 in damages from a June 2011 apartment fire is now the subject of a Texas Supreme Court case.

Carmen White rented an apartment in San Antonio. When she did, she signed the standard Texas Apartment Association lease used by landlords statewide on millions of apartments. In that lease Provision 12 of the 11-page agreement requires the renter to pay for damage not caused by the landlord’s negligence.

But she didn’t have insurance to cover that liability. So when her dryer caught fire, and she couldn’t put out the fire with her fire extinguisher, the property owner’s insurance company sued her to recover the damages.

So now she’s spent the last four years fighting a set of court cases that could have been easily avoided.

iMGA Renters policies include your choice of $100,000 – $300,000 liability coverage. As importantly, the policy also provides legal defense cost coverage. All that is in addition to whatever contents coverage limit she could have selected, up to $50,000.

So if Ms. White had paid the less than $15 per month that an average iMGA Renters policy costs, that policy could have covered the full $83,000 in liability to the landlord, all related legal defense costs, and the cost of damages to her own property.

Don’t let your clients face this completely avoidable situation. More and more landlords are requiring Renters insurance from their tenants. Even when they don’t, though, we should make sure this doesn’t happen.

Quote your clients an iMGA Renters policy today. It’s peace of mind worth many times the cost.


If you’re a Texas independent insurance agent who doesn’t already represent iMGA and you’d like to be able to provide this affordable protection to your clients, start the process here.

Apartments with a poolGraduation is here! That means it’s time for students to move – and lots of new renters will be entering the market.

But while their graduation shows they’ve learned a lot, a recent survey proves most people know very little about Renters insurance.

For example, six of 10 U.S. adults who rent a house or apartment don’t have renter’s insurance, and of those uninsured:

  • 57% think they don’t need it because their apartment has decent security,
  • 48% believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their belongings, and
  • 21% assumed it would cost $1,000 or more each year.

Agents can make the difference here. Educate your clients on the availability, need and affordability of Renters insurance. With policies averaging under $200 per year and coverage options like:

  • Replacement Cost on Contents,
  • Contents Coverage Limits up to $50,000,
  • Liability Coverage Limits up to $300,000,
  • Medical Payments Limits up to $2,000, and
  • Theft Coverage

There really is no reason for your clients to be caught unprotected.


(The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from Feb. 7-10, 2013.)

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