Brit homeowners are 'unaware of flood risks'
Despite heavy floods during the summer, the majority of Britons are
failing to check if their prospective home is on a flood plain, it
has been revealed.
According to a study from life insurance firm Abbey, 23.9 million -
51 per cent of the population - did not ascertain whether their
property was at risk of flooding.
Furthermore, 6.2 million homeowners do not know if their home is
located in an area deemed to be at-risk from flooding.
Abbey Insurance spokesperson Tony Beckwith said: "The concern is
that so many people are still unaware of the potential risk they
might be facing. Six million people assumed they would have been
told before they moved into the house if it was at risk, but
actually the responsibility lies with the person buying the house
to find out.
"Maybe the introduction of Home Information Packs could have been
more helpful by highlighting homes that have a history of
News of Abbey's findings comes after a separate survey from the
firm discovered that 257,000 home insurance claims are rejected
each year on the grounds that the homeowner's policy does not offer
relevant home insurance cover.