Cover4LetProperty - the let property insurance specialists - are warning landlords not to make insurance claims for small amounts – as the loss of any no claims discount (NCD) could see the cost of their cover rise by around 20%.
Richard Burgess, Director at Cover4LetProperty, explains: “With our policies - and typically some of those offered by other providers too – a 20% NCD is automatically deducted from the cost of the annual premiums.
“If you make a successful claim on the policy, however, then at renewal, the new cost will not include the no claims discount – meaning the premiums will appear to increase quite dramatically”.
- a landlord makes a small claim for £200 (for example, for the repair of a small leak);
- the claim is approved, and the landlord receives £100 from the insurer (as the policy has a £100 compulsory excess amount);
- at renewal time, the cost of the cover may typically increase by around 20% (due to the loss of the NCD). With the average annual premium amount being £208*, this means that the new annual landlord insurance cost may typically be £249.60;
- after that, the landlord will need to rebuild their no claims discount back up over the years.
Mr. Burgess says: “In the long run, landlords could end up paying out a lot more for the cost of their cover than if they had not claimed for a small amount. We suggest that in the event of a claim, in the first instance you contact your broker, as they will be able to advise on the next steps”.
* Cover4LetProperty stats 2017
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