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Posted: 6/1/2011

19 million households could be paying too much to protect their home and belongings

New research by the comparison site has revealed that although 61 per cent of consumers are expecting 2011 to be a very difficult year financially, over 12 million** of them have never switched any of the 20 most common financial products including car insurance, home insurance, energy provider, credit card or mortgage lender.

13.8% of consumers have NEVER switched their home insurer. Full Story

Posted: 31/12/2010

Home insurance policies most tempting for fraudsters

Home insurance has become the biggest problem area for fraudulent claims according to the Association of British Insurers.

Home claims now make up 170 of the 335 fraudulent insurance cases detected on an annual day. Motor insurance is responsible for "only" 108 bogus claims. However, such claims tend to be for much larger sums: fraudulent motor claims average £1.12 million a day (more than £10,000 per claim), almost half of the £2.3 million for the entire Full Story

Posted: 10/10/2010

Spending review may end widespread flood insurance

The Local Government Association has warned that homeowners' flood insurance could be compromised by government spending cuts.

At the moment, an agreement between the government and the Association of British Insurers means insurers must offer affordable flood insurance to all but the most at-risk properties. However, part of the agreement was that the government would continue to carry out "a long-term investment Full Story

Posted: 19/8/2010

Scammers pay price for insurance fraud

The Financial Services Authority has issued one of its biggest ever fines to the director of an insurance company that collected premiums but didn't put the policies in place.

The company, Jeffery Flanders (Consulting) Limited, had forged documentation to scam other insurance companies. The customers, many of whom were elderly or vulnerable, were left without adequate home and motor cover. Director Andre Jeffrey was hit with a £150,000 fine.

In a separate case four Full Story

Posted: 27/5/2010

UK homeowners risking thousands with inadequate home insurance cover

As many as 1.5 million people could be without adequate home insurance according to a new survey.

A poll of 2,017 homeowners found 2% had contents insurance but no buildings cover, 3% had buildings insurance but no contents cover, and 1% had neither type of insurance.

The survey also found that the problems were more serious among young adults, with 12% of those aged 18-34 missing at least one of the two insurance types. London and the South East was the most underinsured Full Story

Posted: 14/5/2010

New figures show impact of location on home insurance premiums

Home insurance premiums can vary by almost three times depending on where you live according to new figures. The most expensive postcode, Stanmore in northwest London (HA7) has an average premium of £286.50, compared with just £103.98 in central Bournemouth.

The other most expensive areas were NW11 (Golders Green, £280.59), SE21 (Southwark, £279.07), NW7 (Mill Hill in northwest London, £270.76) and HA6 (Northwood in northwest London, £286.47). Full Story

Posted: 3/3/2010

Rental rise highlights home insurance issues

A steep rise in renting rather than buying should serve as a reminder of the importance of getting the correct home insurance for all concerned, experts have warned.

The Residential Landlords Association says there are several reasons for the increase in the number of renters, including:

  • the difficulty of obtaining a mortgage as banks become choosier about new customers;
  • a rise in the deposit required on mortgaged properties, with a 20% downpayment now Full Story

Posted: 17/12/2008

Homes at risk from poor security and safety maintenance

A survey from Legal & General has revealed that many UK homes could be at risk due to poor maintenance of security and safety devices designed to protect us.

The annual 'Safe as Houses' report, showed that although we’re good at having home security features in place, we’re not good at checking that they're still working and could even be putting Full Story

Posted: 27/11/2008

Majority of home insurers still not offering a no-claims discount

New research released by Sainsbury’s Finance has revealed that UK home insurers continue to lag behind car insurers for rewarding customers with a no-claims discount.

The findings which were commissioned by Sainsburys Home Insurance, reveal that just one in four (26%) of home insurance policies offer a no-claims discount, preventing customers from benefiting from potentially huge savings. What's more, of those home insurers that do offer it, 8% Full Story

Posted: 20/7/2008

Government Flooding Deal Ensures Insurance Availability

It's a year since unprecidented floods hit parts of Gloucestershire and the Midlands bringing devastation to thousands of homes.

In an effort to ensure continued availablity of flood insurance to homes in these and other areas, the Government and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) have reached an agreement on future flood prevention strategies.

Included in a package of measures the Government has commitment to deliver a long-term flooding strategy Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: News items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these home insurance news stories may no longer be current.
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