Written by, Marija Petkova
Updated November, 17, 2022
Does home insurance cover fences in the UK?
Sadly, the answer is not a straightforward yes or no. While most home insurance companies will provide some coverage for gates and fences, certain exclusions apply.
So, what kind of damage to your garden fence is covered and what is excluded? What do you need to do to make a claim?
Keep on reading to learn more about fences and home insurance in the UK.
Most insurance companies in the UK include damages to fences as part of their standard buildings insurance policies.
Buildings insurance covers the cost to repair or rebuild your house in case of fire, storm, vandalism or theft and it extends to all the elements within the boundaries of your home, including fences, gates, greenhouses and garden sheds.
To cover moveable items in your garden, such as things kept in the shed or pots, you will need to take out contents insurance.
However, there is the matter of the fine print. While most insurance providers will pay for damages to your boundaries caused by fire and vandalism, they will not do so in the event of a storm, high winds or flood.
In fact, when it comes to gates, fences and storm damage, most insurance policies will not provide coverage. causing a lot of disputes between policyholders and insurers when storm Eunice hit earlier this year. Even if your insurance company does cover storm damages to fences, your insurer will probably want proof that the gates and fences were maintained to a sufficient standard—otherwise, they might reject your claim.
Homeowners insurance will cover fence and gate damage in the following events:
Almost all insurers will cover damages caused to the home in the event of a fire.
Vandalism or malicious damage is also covered under buildings insurance in both houses and flats. However, you may need to prove that the damages have not been the result of negligence, for instance, you haven’t left the gate open or failed to take reasonable security measures.
Usually buildings insurance will pay out for damages caused by falling trees, unless the tree has fallen as a result of a storm or if it was not safe to begin with—insurers will not cover damages that could have been avoided through regular upkeep and maintenance.
If your neighbour’s tree has caused the damage you must claim against them on their own insurance. Alternatively, should you be able to prove that they have been negligent (i.e. knew beforehand that the tree was not safe), you could claim on your own insurance policy.
In most cases, your home insurance policy will not provide coverage if
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These are the steps to follow when you make an insurance claim for fence damage.
As mentioned above all policies come with certain exclusions, so read your policy documents (including the small print).
Photos, videos and receipts for work done on your fences or gates—all of these will support your claim.
Call your insurance company as soon as you can and tell them what happened. Ask if you can arrange temporary repairs in the meantime to prevent the damage from becoming more serious and to protect your property.
It is estimated that fences and gates can last for 20 years or longer if taken care of properly. Here is what you can do to ensure a longer lifespan.
In most cases no, wind and storm damage to fences and gates are not covered by your home insurance. There might be insurance companies willing to provide coverage, however, they might request proof that the fences were well-maintained prior to the damage or that gusts have reached a certain wind speed in your postcode before they will accept your claim.
In most cases, extra cover is not necessary although if you have high-value items in your garden, such as an electric fence or gate, you could take out a specialist home insurance policy. It is best to discuss your situation with your insurance company—they will be able to tell you if you need additional coverage or not.
If the damage to your gate or fence is caused by a car collision, you need to claim on the driver’s insurance. However, to do so, you would need the driver’s personal and insurance details, as well as proof regarding the accident such as photos and police reports.
My name is Marija, and I'm a financial writer at DontDisappointMe. Although finance might not be everyone's cup of tea, my 10+ years of working in one of the biggest banks in my country, and my interest in extensive research on everything finance/investment-related, have made me somewhat of an expert in the field (if I do say so myself). No longer having the passion to work in a corporate setting, I decided that I couldn't let all of this knowledge go to waste so I started writing. And, here I am! Today I try to share my knowledge with my audience in the hopes of making this topic as simple and interesting as possible. In my leisure time, I like spending time with my family and travelling to new locations.