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Is It Mandatory to Take Home Loan Insurance? Research Team | Posted On Monday, June 04,2018, 04:34 PM

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Is It Mandatory to Take Home Loan Insurance?



Opting for an insurance policy on a home loan popularly called home loan insurance is entirely your (borrower’s) choice and nobody can force you to avail of this plan.

If your bank is forcing you to avail home loan insurance, then it’s just because they are receiving a commission from an insurer to do so.

Home loan insurance covers a borrower’s outstanding loan liability, in case of loss of income or death of a person repaying the EMIs. In such cases, the insurer settles the remaining dues with the bank.

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Is It Mandatory to Take Home Loan Insurance?

1. What is Home Loan Insurance?

Home loan insurance is an insurance plan for your home loan and not for your home. It just makes sure your home loan is secured.

Just like any other insurance plan, you will have to pay a premium on a home loan insurance plan. The premium depends on:

  • Your Age: The older you are, the higher the premiums.
  • Loan Amount: For a huge loan amount, premiums will be high.

If you enjoy a sound medical history, you will have to pay a lower premium on a home loan insurance plan.

2. What are the Tax Benefits of Home Loan Insurance?

You can claim tax deductions under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 Lakhs a year if you are paying the premiums on this plan. But, if your lender is paying the insurance premiums (which become a part of your loan), then you cannot claim any tax benefits.

3. When Does a Home Loan Insurance Policy Lapse?

It can lapse in the following scenarios:

  • When there is full repayment of the home loan
  • On the demise of the borrower
  • Transfer of the loan to another bank

See Also: What Does A Financial Advisor Do?

4. What If the Bank Refuses to Sanction Your Loan?

You must communicate to the bank, that you are aware of the rules and can take necessary action if required.

Ask the bank to state in writing that it is mandatory to take home loan insurance on the sanctioned home loan, thus making your case stronger. Do tell them that you would like to inquire with the Banking Ombudsman (Banking Ombudsman looks into complaints by customers against banks), before availing a home loan insurance plan with them.

5. Should You Really Avail a Home Loan Insurance Policy?

If it doesn't affect your pocket than you must consider a home loan insurance plan. You insure your car or bike, then why can't you insure your home loan?

But, there is no compulsion on you to avail of a home loan insurance plan from the same bank where you take a home loan. Always compare the pros and cons of different policies offered by different insurers.

Do consult a financial advisor and figure out what works best for you, vis-a-vis home loan insurance plans or the Term Life insurance plan.

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