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Is Home Loan Insurance Mandatory for a Home Loan?

By IIFL Home Loans | Published On Oct 20 2023 10:06 AM 1 min read 735 views 469 Likes
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Dreaming of owning a home is a common aspiration for many, and to turn this dream into reality, most of us rely on home loans. But in the process of it, you will find financial institutions and lenders insisting on adding an insurance component to it. Commonly referred to as home loan insurance, its primary purpose is to ensure that the outstanding balance of a home loan is paid off or partially covered if the borrower faces certain adverse situations. 

In this blog, we will explore if home loan insurance is mandatory for home loans, and why financial institutions emphasise its importance so frequently. With competitive interest rates and flexible terms, IIFL Home Loans provides the financing you need to realise your dream of owning a home. Apply now!

Home Loan Insurance Mandatory?


Is Insurance Mandatory for a Home Loan?

Insurance for a home loan is not mandatory by law. However, many financial institutions and lenders strongly recommend or insist on purchasing insurance when you take out a home loan. While it's not a legal requirement, it is often a contractual requirement imposed by the lender as a part of their loan agreement terms and conditions.

Why Do Lenders Insist on Getting Home Loan Insurance?

The key reason lenders encourage or require home loan insurance even when it is not mandatory is to mitigate any risk of non-repayment.

Lenders want to minimise their risk when providing a home loan. Home loan insurance ensures that the outstanding loan amount is repaid in case the borrower faces unforeseen events like death, disability, critical illness, loss of income, damage to the house, etc. This reduces the lender's risk of not receiving loan repayments. 

Oftentimes, you might find financial institutions charging a higher or lower interest rate depending on whether you have home loan insurance. However, the benefit of home loan insurance goes both ways. While the lenders know that the loan is more secure, you as a borrower know that your family won't lose their home or be burdened with repaying the loan.

What to do when a lender insists on home loan insurance?

When a lender insists on home loan insurance, carefully review the terms and conditions of the policy they are offering. Compare it with other insurance options available in the market to ensure you are getting the best coverage and value for your specific needs. You must only proceed with the insurance if you are comfortable with the terms.

You could also top-up one of your existing insurance policies to account for the home loan amount. That way, you can assure the lender that the liability is covered without the need for additional home loan insurance coverage.

Why should you get Home Loan Insurance even if it is not mandatory?

Home Loan Insurance to eliminate family’s burden of debt


Home loan insurance mostly makes sense if you do not have strong financial backing to repay the loan should anything untoward happen to you. For instance, if you pass away before repaying the home loan, the insurance coverage can help your family pay off the outstanding loan amount, ensuring they can keep the house without the burden of debt.

Even if you do have substantial savings or investments that can cover the outstanding home loan amount in case of an emergency, you should consider home loan insurance. Keep in mind that using these assets to repay the loan might eat into other financial goals.

Further, many lenders may be more inclined to approve your home loan application if you have home loan insurance. This is because it minimises the lender's risk in case of your unexpected absence. It can also help you negotiate better loan terms and interest rates.

Home Loan Insurance to Secure Your Future


To sum up!

While home loan insurance is not mandatory, borrowers should carefully consider the pros and cons before making a decision. It can provide valuable protection and peace of mind, but it also comes with additional costs in the form of insurance premiums. It's essential to read the terms and conditions of the insurance policy carefully, understand what it covers, and evaluate whether it aligns with your specific needs and circumstances before making a decision. Visit IIFL Home Loans for more help on navigating through this decision. 


1. What is home loan insurance?

Home loan insurance, also known as mortgage insurance or home loan protection plan, is a financial product designed to provide a safety net for borrowers and lenders alike in the event of unforeseen circumstances. This insurance is usually offered by the lending institution itself or in collaboration with an insurance company. 

2. Has RBI Made Property Insurance Mandatory for Home Loans in India?

No, the RBI has not made property insurance mandatory for home loans in India. Lenders may still require you to have property insurance as a part of their loan terms, but it is not a regulatory requirement imposed by the RBI.

3. What are some home loan insurance benefits?

Home loan insurance steps in to cover the outstanding loan amount when you are unable to do so for any reason. Additionally, it can help you negotiate better loan terms and interest rates with lenders, potentially saving you money over the tenure of the loan.

4. Can you cancel your home loan insurance?

If you didn’t know that home loan insurance wasn’t mandatory at the time of its sanction, you could cancel it within the free look period, which is mostly 15 days from receiving the policy. This could vary across lenders, so be sure to check with them.  

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