Can Your Insurance Provider Rescind Your Policy?

Can Your Insurance Provider Rescind Your Policy?

Having strong home insurance coverage when you are a homeowner or tenant is essential. You will be protected in the event of theft or damages.

If you read your contract carefully, you will find clauses stating that your protection can be cancelled if you don’t fulfill the designated conditions. Don’t forget that your insurance company must also protect itself! According to the Chambre de l’assurance de dommages, your insurer can terminate your home insurance coverage; however, any overpaid premiums must be reimbursed.

Here a just a few reasons why (depending on your contract’s stipulations) your insurance provider might put an end to your coverage.

Not Doing Major Repairs

Your insurance policy may be cancelled if you neglect your house by omitting to complete necessary repairs or maintenance work, for example. These include replacing a damaged roof through which water is leaking in and weakening the building’s structure, or not treating a widespread mould issue. For your peace of mind, contact your insurer and find out what work must be carried out to ensure your policy remains valid.

Leaving the Home Unattended for an Extended Period

Are you outside the country or living at your cottage six months out of the year? Your residence is more vulnerable without you there to keep a close eye on things. A water infiltration problem could become catastrophic if not promptly repaired. The same is true for a gas leak that isn’t detected in time. The list of potential issues is a long one!

If you do submit a claim and your insurance provider comes to understand that you had been absent for some time, they may decide to end your coverage according to your contract’s terms and conditions. Consider asking one or more friends or family members to check in on your property while you are away. You can then inform your insurer that you had taken steps to protect your home in the event of a claim.

Conducting Illegal Activities

Obviously, if you grow cannabis in your home or do other illegal activities, your insurance policy could be revoked.

Submitting a Fraudulent Claim

Should a fire occur or a pipe burst (for example), you will have to inform your insurance company which of your belongings were damaged. It will then be able to determine what amount to pay you. But be aware that inflating these objects’ value or submitting a fraudulent claim can invalidate your coverage.

You should keep a proof of purchase for high-value items, ideally in an electronic format (in case the paper receipt is unreadable because of the damage to your property). Likewise, make sure your insurance provider knows the value of what your residence holds. Call them when you make big purchases, such as jewelry or fine art.

Renting Your Residence

Airbnb-type apartment and house rental websites have become undeniably popular. While you are the residence’s owner and therefore have the right to list it on these platforms, this may violate your insurance policy’s terms. Read your contract thoroughly to see if it contains restrictions regarding home-sharing services. 

Running a Business From Home Without Informing Your Insurer

If you are self-employed or run your business out of your home, you must tell your insurance company, even if this activity generates only a small income or none at all. Your activities may require specific additional coverage to your basic homeowner’s policy. This is also to your benefit: if your work equipment or products for sale are damaged, you might be able to submit a claim and be compensated.

The Consequences of Contract Termination

For a homeowner, the repercussions of a rescinded insurance policy may include having difficulty finding another insurer or seeing their premiums increase. Their new insurance provider may also protect themselves from risk by limiting their coverage.


In any case, it’s best to be honest with your insurer so that you have the coverage that works for you … and avoid getting a nasty surprise following a damage claim.

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