Sole name - protection

For those purchasing a property and requiring a mortgage in their sole name, you may question whether insurance is something you need to consider. The answer is, absolutely. It is every bit as important as every other case.


To explain why protection- sole name is important, we’ve asked Nick Louis, Commercial and Residential Mortgage Broker to explain more.


Over to Nick


Having a mortgage in your sole name ultimately means you are solely responsible for the mortgage payments and other associated household bills, therefore by ensuring that your income is protected is of upmost importance to protect your home, lifestyle and personal credit profile.


Why protection is important


Being solely responsible for the mortgage also means that in the event of being diagnosed with a critical illness this financial responsibility will remain, despite the difficult time you may be going through. That’s where protection comes in.


Below I’ve listed some examples as to why protection in sole name mortgages shouldn’t be overlooked.


Personal Responsibility


One of the main advantages of a sole-name mortgage is that it places all financial responsibilities solely on the individual named in the mortgage agreement. This means that they alone are responsible for making mortgage repayments and maintaining the property. Consequently, having adequate protection in place is vital to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances that may impact the borrower’s ability to meet these financial obligations.


Income Protection


Income Protection is designed to protect your monthly income should you be out of work due to an accident or illness. Life is unpredictable, and unexpected events such as illness, injury, or job loss can dramatically affect one’s ability to earn a stable income. Without proper protection, a sole-name mortgage holder may find themselves in a difficult situation if faced with an inability to make mortgage payments due to an unforeseen circumstance. Having income protection insurance can provide a safety net by covering mortgage repayments during periods of financial uncertainty, ensuring that the borrower does not fall behind on their payments.


Critical Illness Cover


A critical illness can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life, both financially and emotionally. In the case of a sole-name mortgage, critical illness cover becomes more essential. This type of protection can provide a lump sum payment if the borrower is diagnosed with a specified critical illness. With this financial support, the mortgage holder can focus on their recovery without the added stress of worrying about mortgage payments.


Life Insurance


Life insurance is a crucial component of protection in sole-name mortgages. In the unfortunate event of the borrower’s death, life insurance can ensure that their loved ones are not burdened with the responsibility of paying off the mortgage. The payout from the life insurance policy can be used to settle the outstanding mortgage, providing financial security and peace of mind for the borrower’s family.


Having critical illness cover in place can provide you financial support by receiving a lump sum payment during this sensitive me whether this be to clear your mortgage in its entirety or for other support.


You may also have financial dependencies that rely on you, despite having taken the mortgage out in your sole name, therefore in the event of your death you require the mortgage to be repaid to benefit those individuals. Thus, Life insurance can be as equally as important for a sole applicant as it can for joint applicants.




In summary a sole applicant has 100% of the mortgage responsibility and therefore it is always advised that protection be discussed and considered carefully to ensure that you understand your options as well as the risks of not having anything in place.


How we can help


If you would like to discuss sole name protection but aren’t sure where to start, we are here to help. To speak to one of our friendly advisers, get in touch here.