Submitted by: Sean Horton

With 2008 becoming the year of the credit crunch and literally hundreds of thousands of people in the UK subsequently losing their jobs to redundancy, mortgage unemployment insurance is something that anyone who has a mortgage must have least considered.

And even in times when the economy is stable, redundancy is still a very real threat, so the idea of still being able to continue maintaining your mortgage repayments, even though you have lost your income due to involuntary redundancy, is invaluable. And, quite simply, this is what mortgage unemployment insurance does.

Should you be made unemployed through no fault of your own (and this does not mean should you get fired or dismissed due to misconduct or you elect to take voluntary redundancy) then the mortgage unemployment insurance – also known as mortgage payment protection insurance, or MPPI – will start to pay a tax free benefit. This monthly benefit can be used towards meeting your mortgage commitment every month as well as related costs such as life, critical illness and home insurance premiums, up to a provider s set limits.


By having this benefit, you will be able to still service your mortgage debt and not worry about getting in to arrears or even, in the worst case scenario, having your home repossessed. At a stressful time, having at least some of the financial worry taken away will mean you can focus on getting alternative employment and not be under pressure worrying how to pay your mortgage.

A typical mortgage unemployment insurance policy will start to provide an income from 30 to 90 days after you are made unemployed. This varies on the individual policy terms and conditions, as does the length of time you can receive the benefits (which can be for up to 12 to 24 months, or when you find new employment, whichever is the sooner).

How much you receive will have been agreed at the time you took out the mortgage payment protection insurance cover and this will be reflected in the premiums you will pay which will be x amount for every 100 worth of protection you require. By shopping around for your mortgage payment cover, you can often find it an affordable price, particularly among the independent brokers.

Also, for an additional fee, you can add on accident and sickness cover to the policy (that is why you may sometimes hear it called by the term Accident, Sickness and Unemployment Insurance – or ASU for short). That means that should you lose your income due to involuntary unemployment or due to recovering from an accident or a prolonged illness, the policy will start to pay out the benefit to give you financial assistance at a difficult time.

When choosing your mortgage unemployment insurance, do check that the terms and conditions very carefully, especially for any exclusions which would render the insurance useless. Typical exclusions will include the policyholder being in part time employment or of retirement age. If you are unsure as to whether you would be eligible to claim on your insurance, speak to your broker.

About the Author: Sean Horton is a Director of Enhanced Wealth who offer competitive mortgage insurance cover for

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