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What you need to know about home & contents insurance
In most cases, home and contents insurance covers damages from natural disasters—including floods, fires and cyclones—and the financial cost of repairing or replacing household items and furnishings, such as white goods, electronic devices and appliances, clothing, jewellery, furniture and decorations. It also covers some forms of structural damage.
Sometimes, when it comes to claim time, insurers will rely on the fine print to knock back your claim—so if this has happened to you make sure you contact us to find out what we can do.
We’ve helped many people with their insurance claims, and in our experience even a rejected claim can still win.
Why Maurice Blackburn?
Maurice Blackburn's home and contents insurance claims lawyers are experts, and we understand the importance of having someone in your corner when you're taking on a well-resourced insurance company.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win. We have insurance claims lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, usually. However, some won't cover smoke damage or damage not caused by flames.
Only if you have replacement cover – some people have fixed price cover which might not be enough.
The insurer must notify you in writing when the next premium is due. The policy will lapse if you don't pay the next premium. The insurance company must notify you that the policy has lapsed.
When you take out or renew your insurance policy, you have to tell the insurer anything that might be relevant to whether they will cover you. You also have to truthfully answer questions they ask. This is called a duty of disclosure.
If you don't, the insurer might try not to pay you, although often with help you can force them to pay.
As soon as possible, but you might be able to claim even after a long time. To find out how to make a claim or if you're having any problems, contact us.