All your questions,
Pikl Insurance Services Limited is a specialist insurance intermediary. We are regulated and authorised by the FCA registration number 773457
Your Insurer will be stated on the following email attachments when you buy a policy
- Your Policy Schedule and Statement of Fact
- Your Policy document
If you would like to talk to someone about our cover then please contact us on 0800 254 5171 or at email@example.com and we will call you back.
Standard home insurance policies do not allow commercial activities to take place at a residential property. So, if you let your property or driveway to paying guests or to guests for no monetary reward, this may invalidate your home insurance.
In most cases the protection policy or guarantee is not an insurance product and therefore does not give you the same rights, regulations, protections and benefits as an insurance policy. Each platform is different in how they operate, so you would need to check the terms and conditions carefully. Taking out your own insurance policy will always give you the highest amount of protection. See our blog on Is the Airbnb Guarantee enough cover for you?
Yes, you need to let them know that you intend to share with Guests. Not telling your existing Home Provider could be seen as a significant non-disclosure in the event of a claim and it could cause your home insurance to be invalidated and or cancelled. You need to confirm with them that they will still cover your property for any claims not related to your hosting activity and that you will take out another insurance policy which protects the hosting. Alternatively, if you would like both your home or landlord insurance and cover for guests insured under one policy, you can get a quote with us for our All-in-one insurance package.
In most cases if your insurer agrees to cover you it means they have agreed to add the guest onto your policy as a lodger or additional family member. However, do check what is actually covered. There could be key aspects of cover that are likely missing. For example, Pikl provides cover for malicious damage by a guest and theft by a guest without forced entry. Most standard home insurance policies do not provide this cover for persons added onto the policy or if there is no forced entry. In addition, it’s unlikely they would cover you for any personal injury claims should an accident occur with your guest nor cover the costs of pursuing legal action if a guest injured you. It’s important that you check with your insurer if you have these protections and if not then consider supplementing your insurance with one of Pikl’s products. Please see our blog 'Will your home insurance cover short term guests?'' for more details.
A landlord’s policy will likely not cover you for all the different types of guests you may have acting as a Host. Landlord policies are usually specific to a particular type of tenant and length of tenancy which is usually a minimum of 6 months. You would also need to have Home Insurance as well to properly protect your own personal possessions. In addition, purchasing a full landlord policy may be an expensive option. Pikl's cost effective products are an alternative solution designed for this activity. The products supplement your Home Insurance policy and are likely to be much cheaper than a landlord product with more tailored protection to meet your needs.
Each product has a list of assumptions which you must confirm you meet to be eligible for our insurance. These assumptions can be seen on the relevant product page as you click through to buy. You also need to check the Policy Summary for the product to ensure the cover meets your needs. If you have any further questions about eligibility then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pikl's products are designed to supplement an existing home insurance policy. Claims can be complicated and it may be that Pikl and your existing insurance provider need to work together to decide who manages a specific claim. This process would not work if there was not a home insurance product. Having a home product of insurance in place also lets us know that you are serious about protecting your property and are not using Pikl products to try and cover more than just the risk of your guests. Pikl will only cover you if you have a standard household or landlord product in place as stated on the assumptions for each product.
Pikl Top-Ups do not provide cover for claims which would normally be covered under a standard household policy if the Pikl policy did not exist. Pikl Top-Ups only provide cover for claims for injury and property loss or damage caused by the hosting activity. We don’t cover expenses that you should plan to incur as a small business for example, wear and tear, cleaning & fumigation, small breakages or accidents that we would expect you to use a damage deposit for. We also don’t cover identity theft. Please check the Policy Summary for details of what we cover and don’t cover together with the condition of cover and significant exclusions to decide if it’s right for you or contact us at email@example.com if you have specific questions about cover. You may also find the following blog helpful - What you Insurance Cover is not
You can arrange for you cover to begin at any time before the day that your first guest arrives, we would advise you to take out cover at the same time as you receive your first booking. Please note that you must have insurance in place for the duration of your guests stay. You should also keep records to ensure that you have enough days left on your cover if you have bought a policy with a package of days in a year. If there is a claim we will ask you for this information.
Yes you can. Pikl has no fee’s for cancelling your policy, and you can cancel your policy at any time, however please take note of our refund policy.
If you have purchased an annual policy then you may cancel your policy at any time within the first 14 days and received a full refund as long as the policy has not started and no claims have been made during that time.
If the policy has started we will deduct the time on cover on a pro-rata basis from your refund amount. If a claim has been made then no refund will be provided.
After the first 14 days, there will be no refund returned for policies which are cancelled.
If you have purchased an “on demand” policy, then there are no refunds on cancellation.
If you would like to make changes to your policy please contact us with the change at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with it.
We will soon have our online portal available where you will be able to make changes to your policy, settings or cancel and renew by logging into your online account.
There are no charges for making changes or cancelling, however it’s important to read our refund policy for cancellation before processing this change. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
Payments can be made using most credit or debit cards. All payments must be made in full using your card on our secure website payments portal
We have a standard excess of £250, however there are some specific excesses for different types of claims and these will be shown on your Policy Schedule and Statement of Fact.
If you need to make a claim, you will find important information within your policy document about what to expect. In addition, some of the key claim contacts are below :
For policies purchased from 9th July 2020 please use the following contacts.
For all claims except Legal Expenses please contact :
Claims Consortium Group, Blackdown House, Culmhead Business Centre, Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7DY
Tel: 0330 124 5108
For Legal Expenses claims please contact :
ARAG, 9 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1NN
Tel: 0117 917 1698
You can also download a claim form at www.arag.co.uk/newclaims
For policies purchased prior to 9th July 2020 please use the following claim contacts.
Property or Vehicle assistance claims please contact :
Cunningham Lindsey Oakleigh House, 14-16 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ
Tel : 0345 6049791
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Liability claims please contact :
Langleys, Queens House, Micklegate, York, YO1 6WG
Tel : 01904 686 790
Email : email@example.com
Legal Expenses claims please contact :
Lexelle Limited, PO Box 4428, Sheffield, S9 9DD
Tel: 0114 2493300
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org