Sainsbury’s Bank Urges “cohabiting” Homeowners To Protect Their Homes

18 May 2015

It is the dream of many young people to climb  the property ladder, and get the keys to their own front door, however research by Sainsbury’s Life Insurance indicates that around 38%(1)   of cohabitees who own their own home, do not have life insurance.

Of these cohabiting homeowners without life insurance, 46%(1)  say that they would have difficulty meeting their financial commitments should they or their partner no longer be able to work.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) 43%(2) of 25-34 year-olds are homeowners. The latest ONS figures also show that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family-type in the UK(3).

Scott Gorman, Life Insurance Manager, Sainsbury’s Bank said: “Neglecting to take out life insurance could be a costly oversight, because when mortgages are held in joint names, both parties are equally responsible for paying it.

“Our research shows that many believe they would find it difficult to meet their financial commitments without their cohabitee’s income, so we would urge homeowners to consider life insurance.“

There are two main types of life insurance, decreasing term which decreases roughly in line with the way a repayment mortgage reduces, and level term, which pays out a set lump sum. It’s important to consider what’s right for you and to seek advice if you’re unsure.

Scott added: “Some homeowners, especiallyyoung buyers may think that life insurance is an additional expense too far, but even taking out some cover to assist with mortgage payments would be better than nothing.”

Life Insurance from Sainsbury’s Bank offers premiums starting from as little as £5(4) per month. People can contact Sainsbury’s Bank Life Insurance for a quote or further information on 0800 027 7166 (calls may be monitored and recorded). Further information is also available at or in store at Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s Bank does not offer financial advice.

Sainsbury’s Bank Life Insurance is provided by Legal & General.


For further information, please contact:

Emma Murphy, Citigate Dewe Rogerson

020 7282 1072

Jennifer Johnston-Watt, Sainsbury’s Bank

0131 286 0779

Notes to editors:

  1. Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,002 UK adults aged 18+ from 20th to 23rd of February 2015 on behalf of Sainsbury’s Bank. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.
  2. 43% of 25-34 age group were homeowners in 2011/2012. Source: ONS Housing and home ownership in the UK, 22.01.2015
  3. Cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. This is the fastest growing type of family in the UK. ONS Families and Households 2014, 28.01.15–2014.html
  1. Source: Sainsbury’s Bank


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