Level Term Mortgage Life Insurance pays out a cash lump sum to pay off your mortgage should you pass away.
The amount insured remains fixed – or ‘level’ – over time. This means it’s particularly suited to protecting an interest-only mortgage, where the outstanding capital balance doesn’t fall over time.
Another use may be for family protection, as the sum assured doesn’t diminish with time, providing your loved ones with a consistent amount of cover over the life of the policy.
- Mortgage Life Insurance provides you with peace of mind knowing your loved ones and home will both be financially secure should the worst happen.
- Opt to include Critical Illness Cover to protect yourself against serious illnesses as well, such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
How Does Level Mortgage Life Insurance Work?
Level Life Insurance offers a fixed term policy that will guarantee a set lump sum that pays out if you die during that term.
For example, if you had a mortgage that lasted for 25 years, you’d take out a 25 year Mortgage Life Insurance policy to cover the mortgage balance – say £250,000 – over those 25 years.
If you died during that term, you’d receive £250,000 regardless of how many years into the policy you passed away.
Level Life Insurance will pay out on the death of the insured individual.
Most policies now include Terminal Illness Cover, which allows the benefit to be paid out early if you’re diagnosed with fewer than 12 months to live.
Critical Illness Insurance is an optional add-on to the policy for an additional premium. It extends the scope of the cover to include a payout for serious illnesses also – the most common claims are for:
- Heart Attacks
Where the quality of Critical Illness Cover can vary considerably from one insurer to the next it is important check the small print.
Do I Need Mortgage Life Insurance?
The first thing to note is that Mortgage Life Insurance is not compulsory. You don’t have to have it to take out the loan.
However, when looking at the risks involved with not being insured many people prefer to have suitable protection in place.
- How would your loved ones cope if you passed away during the term of the mortgage?
- Could they meet the monthly repayments?
The Risk of Passing Away…
Using Office for National Statistics mortality data, we’ve put together a Life Expectancy Calculator that can work out the risk of you passing away during the term of your mortgage.
We’ve laid out this risk for a healthy male of three different ages over the course of a 25 year mortgage, highlighting the chances of them dying before the mortgage is repaid.
How Much Does Level Mortgage Life Insurance Cost?
The price of Level Life Insurance depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Your age
- Your state of health
- Your smoker status
- How much you want to insure yourself for
- The length of the policy term.
A 50-year-old smoker with a serious health condition would therefore pay more for cover than a healthy 25-year-old non-smoker.
Adding Critical Illness Insurance to your policy will also increase premiums due to the increased likelihood of you suffering a critical illness compared to passing away.
The table below contains premiums for a healthy individual of three different ages looking for Level Life Insurance worth £250,000 over a 20 year period.
What's the Difference Between Level and Decreasing Mortgage Life Insurance?
Level Mortgage Term Insurance pays out a lump sum equal to the amount outstanding on your loan should you pass away within the policy term.
The amount of cover remains fixed throughout the policy, so you’ll receive the same in a payout in the first year as you would in the last year.
Level Life Insurance is typically used to cover an interest-only home loan. The amount of cover will remain the same throughout the life of the policy, just as the amount of mortgage debt will remain the same.
On the other hand with Decreasing Mortgage Life Insurance the level of cover falls over time. It is typically used to protect a straightforward repayment mortgage, where the amount of capital you owe also falls over time.
Decreasing Life Insurance is usually cheaper than level cover because as you get older and the risk of you making a claim increases, the sum insured is reduced.
Can You Get Joint Life Insurance for Couples?
If you have a joint home loan with your partner then you may want to take out a Joint Mortgage Life Insurance policy. With joint life cover the policy will pay out a lump sum if either partner dies, usually on the first incidence of death.
This means that if either yourself or your partner were to pass away the policy would pay out the full sum insured, thus leaving the remaining partner with the funds to pay off the mortgage in full.
It is important to compare the price difference between a joint policy and two separate policies as it’s often the case that two separate policies – which provide double the level of cover – can be obtained for a small additional premium each month compared to a joint policy.
Using this method also means the surviving partner would still have their own level of cover remaining should one partner pass away.
Can I Add Critical Illness Cover?
With almost all Life Insurance policies you have the option to add Critical Illness Cover. This protects you in the event of you suffering a critical illness as well as if you were to pass away.
Critical Illness Insurance works by paying out a lump sum benefit if you suffer one of the critical illnesses listed in the policy and that illness is of a severity specified in the policy’s terms.
A typical policy will provide protection against the chances of you developing one of around 40 critical conditions, but there are plans which cover fewer than five illnesses and those which cover more than 100, so it pays to check the policy terms and conditions carefully.
The most common conditions covered include:
- Heart Attacks
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
You’ll face an increased premium if you add Critical Illness Cover because of the increased risk of you suffering a critical illness is much higher than the risk of you passing away.
What is Terminal Illness Cover?
Terminal Illness Insurance is included as standard on most Life Insurance policies. It will ensure the policy pays out early if you’re diagnosed by a medical practitioner as having less than 12 months to live.
It’s very different from Critical Illness Cover, although because the two sound very similar people often get them confused.
With Critical Illness Insurance the illness doesn’t have to be terminal; for Terminal Illness Cover to kick in, you must have been told you have less than a year to live.
Should I Write My Life Insurance Into Trust?
Writing your policy into trust is a very important detail that often gets overlooked.
Doing so ensures your loved ones (the nominated beneficiaries) receive the Life Insurance payout promptly and tax free.
If you don’t write your policy into trust, it can end up forming part of the deceased’s estate, whereupon it may be chargeable for inheritance tax purposes.
Not writing your policy into trust can significantly increase the time it takes to receive any benefit payment as it may need to go through probate.
While a Mortgage Life Insurance policy is typically less important to write into trust because the benefit is destined straight for the mortgage lender, it costs nothing extra to write the policy into trust and many choose to do it anyway for simplicity’s sake.
Compare Best UK Mortgage Life Insurance Companies
Below is an overview of some of the top Mortgage Life Insurance companies in the UK comparing some of the key details of their policy terms.
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