The long-standing agreement between the government and the insurance industry to subsidise insurance for homes and businesses in high flood risk areas will come to an end in a matter of weeks.
Now, following protracted negotiations action appears to have stalled, making the prospect of homeowners in flood-prone areas having to pay vastly inflated premiums more likely.
The deadlock over subsidising insurance for households in high risk areas will not just affect insurance premiums and claims, it will impact the ability to secure a mortgage, re-selling and ultimately the value of the property.
Flooding in the UK has steadily worsened and the Environment Agency expects 350,000 more properties to be at significant risk of flooding by 2035.
As flood risk worsens insurance could become unaffordable for many unless the government and insurance industry finds a workable solution to the current talks.
The uncertainty over the future of flood insurance highlights the need for consumers to be more informed about flooding.
The flood risk should be assessed at an early stage of the property transactions.
Rapid and cost effective flood risk reports are available across the UK which feature an assessment of the likelihood of insurance premiums being available at standard terms.
For existing property owners concerned about being refused cover or the impact on their insurance premiums, it may also help to accurately assessing your property’s flood risk in advance of contacting insurers.