Home insurance - Refusing to payout
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Keep a record and photographic evidence of the damage as it can be used as evidence for your insurance claim. You should contact your insurer to find out why the items are excluded from your cover as you have the right to appeal. resolver recommends that you submit your concern in writing, and resolver can assist you in submitting, recording and reminding you when and who to escalate to. You should retain a copy of the letter, and send all correspondence by recorded mail. Details of how to make a formal appeal will be found on your policy documents, or on your insurer's website.
If your insurer's formal appeal procedure does not yield fruit and your insurer is a member of Lloyds then you can make a complaint via the Policyholder and Market Assistance Department (of Lloyds). Otherwise, a last resort is to contact the Ombudsman, which will act as a mediator in your case. resolver recommends that you submit your concern in writing and resolver can assist you in submitting, recording and reminding you when and who to escalate to.
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If you can't resolve your issue within 8 weeks of making your complaint (or if you've received a 'deadlock letter' or final decision from the company), you can escalate your case to the Ombudsman.
Your complaint has to be less than 9 months old to be escalated to the Ombudsman.
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