Policy Expert - beware!

This story also applies to Insurance in general and responsibilities that you'd never think of ;-)

Long story short, reported a claim that ultimately we knew that we wouldn't claim for - small amount and likely wear and tear, which it was. Policy Expert notified us the next day that our policy would be voided as we hadn't declared our Son's CCJ - we knew nothing about this, CCJ was incorrect as my Son's name was not spelt correctly so he didn't open any of the letters back in 2020.

Policy Expert were very unsympathetic and ultimately while not having to pay out for a claim, they have to refund premiums and we now have to declare a voided policy to future Insurers at additional cost. What ever happened to "Commercial Decisions" - just let us cancel it, Policy Expert keep the premiums and it costs nobody any money!

The point of this post is to be aware when both applying for or renewing Home Insurance, the question "has any resident got a CCJ" (and other questions) applies to older children living with you and if they are aware of a CCJ then you have to ensure that you know all about their private life (something they may not want to tell you) even if they are not a Policyholder, don't have any financial interest in the Insured policy, not asking or them not telling you could have serious financial implications.

Thankfully we found out due to a claim that wasn't a claim, but any expensive claim would have put us in severe financial difficulty.

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  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 8,983
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    Who doesn't open post because there is a misspelling in their name? It's not like court papers look like advertising junk. I'd be suspecting they knew all about it but didn't want to admit to their errors. 

    As a resident in the home then they do have a financial interest in the policy as it was insuring their possessions, you may have decided to limit it to in the home only but must have included their value when calculating the total value to insure. Another expensive mistake people make is under insuring as they only include things they want insured but that isn't the question you are asked.
  • MrB123
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    I believe your username sums up your response perfectly! Many thanks for your assumptions which are incorrect - his possessions are irrelevant when it comes to a claim on a Buildings policy! Therefore I'm not sure whether your comment about under insuring is relevant to this post.

    I'm sure you and probably I are a little more switched on when it comes to things like CCJs, the point is our Son was in his early 20's, not wordly wise like you and I and the CCJ referred to a £160 debt. Obviously you and others would choose not to believe him, that's your prerogative, but equally you are not aware of how badly the name was misspelt.

    Also the main point of this post is that younger people may be 100% aware of a CCJ (or other material facts) but may still choose not to tell their parents - like I said, not asking them or them not telling you could lead to serious financial consequences.
     
  • DullGreyGuy
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    MrB123 said:
    Also the main point of this post is that younger people may be 100% aware of a CCJ (or other material facts) but may still choose not to tell their parents - like I said, not asking them or them not telling you could lead to serious financial consequences. 
    Its not just children, have dealt with cases where partners have hidden CCJs from their spouses

    MrB123 said:
    I believe your username sums up your response perfectly! Many thanks for your assumptions which are incorrect - his possessions are irrelevant when it comes to a claim on a Buildings policy! Therefore I'm not sure whether your comment about under insuring is relevant to this post.
    If it was Building only policy then true... 90% of people however buying Home (ie Building & Contents) as a single policy (and that doesn't ignore those in Leasehold properties where the freeholder buys the Buildings).  Thanks to CIDRA 2015 the non-disclosure doesn't have to have anything to do with the claim in hand so yes if your policy required all items over £1k to be declared and the loss adjuster had gone into his room and seen 3 Apple MacBook Pro laptops sitting there of which none had been declared then that too could have resulted in either the policy being cancelled or a claim being reduced proportionate to the under insurance even if the claim was only on the buildings section. 
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