French Real Estate Insurance: Borrowers may get Right to change Insurers

When you purchase French real estate with a loan, typically the loan has to be insured, however, there is controversy about how the French banks may require borrowers to use the banks own insurance instead of a lower cost alternative. If you want to choose an alternative the bank may charge you more for your French real estate loan.

According to an article in Le Figaro, Benoit Hamon, the minster of Consumer Affairs in France has proposed that borrowers receive the legal right to find a new loan insurer and change the insurance cost on their loan during a period of one year after the signing of loan agreement with the French bank.

At this time December 2013 this is simply a proposal from the minister and the rules have not changed. It is currently to be discussed in the French national assembly.

Read the original article in French here

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