Second home insurance

Are you among the 10% of British adults with a second home? Whether you let it occasionally, rent it out or leave it unoccupied, you’ll need to consider second home insurance. Here’s what you need to know and how to get the cover that’s right for you.

Chris King From the Home team
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Is second home insurance more expensive?

The cost of second home insurance varies based on factors that include how your second home is classified, how regularly the home is used and the level of cover you need. On average, an annual policy for your second home could cost:

Holiday home£235.01
Unoccupied property£219.84 
Occupied only at the weekend£205.16 
Occupied only on weekdays£154.18


The prices above are based on an average across all cover types – buildings only, contents only, and building and contents combined – for home insurance quotes made through Compare the Market from 1 January 2019 until 1 April 2019.

Home insurance for second homes left unoccupied

Home insurance for second homes left unoccupied

Many home insurance policies don’t cover homes that are unoccupied for more than 30 days. This is because there’s likely to be a higher risk of theft, or of damage going unseen and getting out of hand.

When getting a quote through Compare the Market, you can state that your property will be left unoccupied for periods longer than 30 days and we’ll show you the providers willing to offer you a quote.

Find out more about unoccupied property insurance.

Second home insurance for holiday homes

If you let out your second home as a holiday home, even for brief periods, you need to tell your insurance provider while you’re looking for second home insurance. This is because people who stay in someone else’s property may not be as careful as they are in their own homes, leading to the property being damaged or destroyed.

You could also be held responsible if a holidaymaker in your second home has an accident because of bad maintenance or something else considered to be your fault. You might want your second home insurance to cover you for any legal action taken against you. This is called public liability insurance.

Second home insurance for rental properties

If you need insurance for second homes you’re renting out, you’ll need to tell the insurance provider that you are a landlord. Landlord’s insurance is designed to cover you for the specific issues landlords face. It might include public liability insurance, alternative accommodation insurance and accidental damage insurance.

Find out more about landlord insurance.

Second home insurance for rental properties

What type of second home insurance should I get?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. The important part is that you tell your insurance provider that the property is not your main home. Then you can pick and choose the policy options that suit your situation.

There are two types of home insurance cover you can pick: buildings insurance and contents insurance.

Buildings insurance is a good idea for all properties, even if you don't have a mortgage, and policies for second homes can be tailored to your specific needs – such as covering your unoccupied property.

Second home contents insurance covers the contents of the home such as furniture and appliances, so it’s a good idea for furnished properties.

And there are all the optional extras, such as:

When you use our comparison tool you can specify that you’re looking for second home insurance and get quotes for the cover you need.

Second home insurance for overseas properties

While you can’t compare second home insurance for overseas properties with us, there are companies that offer it.

You can choose a local company or a UK company specialising in overseas properties. If you aren’t fluent in the local language, it’s very important to choose a company that provides the policy documents in English and offers an English-speaking call centre if you need to make a claim.

Second home insurance for overseas properties

How to get the best deal on second home insurance

It’s easy to find second home insurance that suits you. Tell us a bit about yourself, your home and the level of cover you’ll need. We’ll show you a list of competitive quotes to choose from.

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