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Growing fears that PI rises could cut self-cert market

Rising professional indemnity insurance costs could result in the self-cert mortgage market shrinking, warns Active Management Group joint chief executive Mike Buckley.

Buckley says PI rates are already showing signs of hardening as insurers get nervous over fears that some brokers are inflating borrowers’ incomes to get bigger loans but things could get worse if further abuses are uncovered by the FSA.

The FSA is due to follow up investigations last year which found that not enough affordability or suitability checks were being undertaken by intermediaries on self-cert.

Buckley says: “PI insurers are concerned and it will put people off self-cert if PI rates start to harden. We think it is quite serious and it is on the horizon.

“The problems with self-cert are driven by the regulator because there is concern. If there is an issue in the future and there are claims, then there will be claims against PI policies and they will want brokers to lower their risk and not do self-cert.”

Collegiate managing director Tony Howe says underwriters are already starting to increase PI cover prices.

Howe says: “PI premiums will go up if there is a risk. People writing that sort of business will pay more as there will be always be focus areas for insurers. The process has started and if there are claims, then you can expect to see more.”


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