Renters choose Netflix over contents insurance

Renters choose Netflix over contents insurance

0:04 AM, 1st June 2023, About A year ago 4

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A study has found that while 53% of private tenants subscribe to a TV streaming service like Netflix, only 51% have contents insurance for their rented homes.

The findings from general insurance provider Paymentshield, highlight that this proportion increases to 60% for those aged between 25-54.

Although the percentage of renters with contents insurance has risen from 33% in 2020 to 46% in 2022, the insurer says that a lack of widespread adoption and awareness still poses a significant financial risk to tenants.

London renters are particularly vulnerable, with 58% lacking tenants’ contents insurance and a higher proportion in the capital have experienced fire, flood or theft within the past year.

‘Tenants would rather reactively spend than proactively protect’

Rana Ali, a director at Paymentshield, said: “Our research shows that too many tenants would rather reactively spend than proactively protect, taking a huge financial risk, and this is largely down to a misconception that tenants’ contents insurance is too expensive.

“There’s still a lot to do to educate tenants, of all ages, on the importance of insurance, and prompt them to purchase it at a timely point in their rental journey.”

He added: “We really believe that when tenants see it’s cheaper than they thought it was, they’re much more likely to purchase.

“After all, if you can afford to pay for a monthly Netflix subscription, why wouldn’t you spend the same amount on protecting your worldly belongings and against damaging the landlord’s property?”

Policies specifically designed for tenants

Another finding is that just 20% of respondents with contents insurance have policies specifically designed for tenants.

That means the majority potentially unprotected for various scenarios unique to renting, such as accidentally damaging the landlord’s property or belongings.

Half of the surveyed tenants were unaware of tenants’ liability insurance, which covers such accidental damage incidents.

Reason tenants gave for not having contents insurance

When asked, the main reason tenants gave for not having contents insurance was the perceived high cost, with 42% citing this as a barrier.

However, the average monthly price for a policy is similar to that of a Netflix subscription, the insurer says.

Also, 42% of respondents preferred a monthly payment option for tenants’ contents insurance, compared to 35% who favoured an annual payment.

One-third of respondents estimated their possessions to be worth more than £10,000, with 17% of this group lacking insurance.

And 27% of retired renters don’t have contents insurance, despite possessing higher-value items.

When asked about replacing damaged possessions, 30% of tenants said they would save up from scratch, and 17% would resort to debt – borrowing from friends or family or using credit cards or an overdraft.

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Markella Mikkelsen

11:20 AM, 1st June 2023, About A year ago

I wonder how many renters choose Netflix over paying their rent...

Reluctant Landlord

11:46 AM, 1st June 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Markella Mikkelsen at 01/06/2023 - 11:20
just thinking the same....everything over paying the rent in many cases.....

and the only reason why is that they know any other service is cut off there and then for non payment, whereas a LL has to go through hoops to get any rent back at all...meanwhile they sit pretty...


15:33 PM, 1st June 2023, About A year ago

I'm amazed that it's as high as 51%! I don't think any of my tenants have ever bought contents insurance.

Reluctant Landlord

16:50 PM, 1st June 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by David at 01/06/2023 - 15:33

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