In case of death, there is an increased risk for the lender that the loan cannot be repaid. After all, the income of the deceased will be lost, meaning the surviving partner or relatives will not always be able to meet their obligations. A (forced) sale of the property will not always suffice. For this reason, some lenders require all amounts borrowed over 80 percent of the market value of the property to be covered by a life insurance. In the event of death, the payment of the life insurance will be pledged to the lender.

The pledge deed

Aim of a pledge deed

A pledge deed is often part of the mortgage quotation. With the property deed, the insurance cannot be changed without the consent of the lender. Furthermore, the pledge ensures that not the survivors, but the lender receives the insurance benefit, which is used to pay off the loan. This prevents the benefit from being used in any other way by beneficiaries or next of kin.

The specific details of the pledge and inheritance may vary by situation. Please contact a notary or financial planner for advice on what would be the most appropriate actions for your specific situation. Looking for more information about life insurance and what to look for? Please take a look at this article.

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