I have concerns about liability protection with my current renter's insurance policy in the US in the state of Texas. I would like to understand if there is anything more I can do or push on my current insurance provider regarding renter's insurance, if it would simply be better for me to move onto finding a different provider for my auto/renter's/umbrella policies, or if I'm overthinking this and I could leave everything as-is.
My renter's insurance policy lists my property owner as Additional Insured, not Additional Interest. Speaking with my insurance agent, he claims this is how they write all their renter's policies and they have no way of changing how this shows up in their documents; they simply specify who is the owner when filling out their form and this is how the resulting document gets generated.
My primary concern is claims getting denied because no one in the apartment office nor in the insurance agent's office understands the distinction between Additional Insured and Additional Interest and so everyone is accepting this, but then if there is ever a liability claim such as if I leave my 2nd floor unit's faucet running that causes water damage to my neighbor's personal property below or my dog bites a neighbor, the owner would come after me and my renter's insurance should cover these until the insurance folks read the fine print, see that the owner is listed as Additional Insured, and then they deny the claims since someone that's named insured cannot sue someone else that's named insured on the policy, and then I would be personally liable.
Our apartment lease explicitly calls this out and states under no circumstances can the owner be listed as "Additional Insured"; the documents state that the owner must be listed as "Additional Interested Party" or "Additional Certificate Holder", neither of which shows up on the policy document.
I already understand the difference between Additional Interest and Additional Insured. (Example reference: https://www.thesilverlining.com/westbendcares/blog/additional-insured-vs-additional-interest-do-you-understand-the-difference)
The front desk folks at our apartment's office took the policy document with the apartment name written on it, but I'm assuming no one in the office understands enough about the difference to care and screen.
We also have our auto and umbrella policies bundled together with this, and we've been happy with the ease of their claims so far in the past, so I'd rather not shop around again if that can be avoided. In particular, with all the hassle involved in making sure one policy isn't under-covered before the umbrella policy kicks in, it just seems simpler to keep auto/home/umbrella bundled together with a single provider.