Italian House Insurance

by Deon
(UK)

I have a house in Italy and another house in Spain and I can tell you house insurance in both countries was a complete and utter nightmare and very difficult to figure out.

Of the two though I found it easier to insure in Spain - Italian House Insurance companies were a complicated bunch to work with and the procedure was very convoluted indeed, which you mention in your article (see link Bought a House in Italy at foot of page).

I speak a little Italian which helped but if you speak no Italian at all you are in for a nightmare. In the end even with my limited Italian it was too much for me and I gave up.

In fact at present I have the place in Spain insured with a local Insurance company but not in Italy. We have left the Italian house uninsured which is not the cleverest thing to do I know but I am going to take your advice and contact a UK insurance company. I will let you know how I get on!!!

P.S. What do you think of this new IMU tax on Italian property?

Maria's Reply: I sympathise with you, it can be difficult. Please let me know how you get on with insuring your house in Italy with a UK insurance company - I am sure you will find it easier.

Regarding the new IMU tax; I, like most others, am not too impressed. It seems governments in Europe are scratching, scrapping and even stealing to get the money they need to pay of the huge debts they have accumulated over the years. It would be nice to see the politicians themselves making some huge sacrifice too but I suppose it is more likely that pigs will fly first.

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