Do I have to provide renter’s insurance information to another resident after a fire for which I am not named liable?

There was a fire that originated in my apartment. The fire marshal ruled the cause as undetermined. No one was named as liable. Do I have to provide my renter’s insurance information to other residents who suffered damages due to the fire?

Asked on December 10, 2018 under Insurance Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Not unless they sue you: in a lawsuit, they'd be entitled to that information. Even if the fire marshall found the fire to be "undetermined" and that no one was liable, you can still be sued: the fire marshall's determination or conclusion is not legally binding but is only evidence (admittedly, good evidence) of what happened, how. Anyone who believes you were at fault in the fire could sue you and try to prove your fault in court.


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