Today, over 50% of American households are occupied by individuals, roommates or unmarried couples. If you fall into the living together but not married category, you should be very careful making any assumptions about how your insurance policies may respond to a Liability or Property loss.
Coverage restricted to named insured, resident relatives by blood, marriage, adoption or someone under 21 in foster care. Girl friends, boy friends, fiancés, roommates, tenants typically have no coverage extended to them.
No coverage extended to non insureds for liability losses or defense activity or costs.
No coverage for personal property of non insureds.
Example of problem….your girlfriend and teenage son live with you. Her son is playing sandlot football and injures another child. The parents of the child are suing the girlfriend / mother for medical bills and damages…..no coverage would extend from your homeowners policy. The girlfriend should have a Renter’s Policy to provide liability and property coverage for she and her son.
Be wary of the definitions of “Named Insured” under the different coverage parts of the Personal Auto Policy.
Be very careful allowing any “non insured person”, especially those living with you, to use your vehicle on a regular basis. There are exclusions that apply to such situations. If you both use each other’s vehicle on a regular basis, you should consider having your girlfriend added as a driver on your policy and likewise adding you as a driver to her policy.
Need to discuss your life situation and how your insurance will apply, give SWFL Insurance Agency a call at 239-265-9577 or email me at joshw@SWFLAgency.com. We are your Insurance Answer People.