WA renters and their housemates may be too relaxed about home security with one in
(PRWEB) October 22, 2010
WA renters and their housemates may be too relaxed about home security with one in three (34 per cent) admitting to leaving the house unlocked, new SGIO Home Insurance research has revealed*.
The survey of 300 shared rental households reveals how hazardous some housemates can be:
- 42 per cent have borrowed an item without asking;
- 32 per cent have broken something of their housemate’s and not told them;
- 8 per cent have left home with the iron on; and
- 4 per cent have headed out with cooking on the stove.
SGIO Home Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said the research highlighted the additional risks renters with housemates sometimes faced.
‘Renters may feel like they're limited in the safety and security steps they can take because they don't own the property,’ he said.
‘These risks may be compounded further when you have roommates because you can't influence what others do and how they live.
‘Around 50 per cent of renters surveyed told us they don’t have home contents insurance.
‘That’s a worry because we’ve found WA renters are two and a half times likely than home owners to make a burglary claim**.’
Housemates also dobbed on each other in the survey for not pulling their weight financially (34 per cent), making a mess and not cleaning up (60 per cent) and scoffing someone else's food or drink (50 per cent).
Mr Cory said protecting belongings should be as important for renters as finding the right property and housemate.
‘If renters walked around their place and tallied up the value of all their items, they would probably be surprised at the total cost of replacing everything,’ he said.
SGIO offers renters contents insurance with the ability for roommates to pool their belongings under one policy or take out separate cover***.
- Based on a survey of 300 shared rental households by Pure Profile Research in July 2010.
** Based on SGIO home claims data for the financial year 2009 – 2010
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