Direct Line Complaints

At Smart Money People, we use the power of your reviews to help change financial services for the better. It can be extremely frustrating, and often expensive when things go wrong - whether it be car insurance, pet, life or home insurance from Direct...

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At Smart Money People, we use the power of your reviews to help change financial services for the better. It can be extremely frustrating, and often expensive when things go wrong - whether it be car insurance, pet, life or home insurance from Direct Line. When things don't go quite to plan, sometimes you have to escalate your dissatisfaction with a company. That's why we want to improve the way that companies deal with complaints from customers.

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20th February 2019

Avoid avoid avoid

AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!...

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AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!
I put in a claim for a leak in a bathroom . Direct line rejected it by a outsourcing company called SEDWICKS . They used a loss adjuster . He said the leak was there before you bought the place so we won’t pay you and you have to get in touch with previous owner who lives in Singapore and ask for him to put in a claim with his insurance lol very bizarre.
So sedgwicks so called leak expect with 30 years of experience who looks like 20 (by the way he has no damp experience or leak) said direct line don’t have to pay you as it says in the terms and condition and if you go to court I will lose . SO READ THE 100 PAGE TNCs before you sign up to direct line landlord insurance . Worse experience I had considering I’m a new landlord from start to finish . I even got integrated on the phone . “ but you said he when it was a she “ so I must have forgotten I spoke to a female or male . SHOCKING service considering how much I pay . I’m 32 I only made one claim in my life . I got home insurance with them which I will cancel at some point and my landlord insurance but my tenants deciding not to pay so I will have to make another claim with directline as I’m not doing the bathroom as I can’t afford it. I’m sure they will come out with another excuse . So my question is to everyone . When you buy a place would you check underneath the tiles and floorboards and rip everything out before buying ?? Who does that ? No sign of mould or damp when I bought the place . This gives insurance a bad name and I hope the government do more in situations like this .

20th February 2019

Avoid avoid avoid

AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!...

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AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!
I put in a claim for a leak in a bathroom . Direct line rejected it by a outsourcing company called SEDWICKS . They used a loss adjuster . He said the leak was there before you bought the place so we won’t pay you and you have to get in touch with previous owner who lives in Singapore and ask for him to put in a claim with his insurance lol very bizarre.
So sedgwicks so called leak expect with 30 years of experience who looks like 20 (by the way he has no damp experience or leak) said direct line don’t have to pay you as it says in the terms and condition and if you go to court I will lose . SO READ THE 100 PAGE TNCs before you sign up to direct line landlord insurance . Worse experience I had considering I’m a new landlord from start to finish . I even got integrated on the phone . “ but you said he when it was a she “ so I must have forgotten I spoke to a female or male . SHOCKING service considering how much I pay . I’m 32 I only made one claim in my life . I got home insurance with them which I will cancel at some point and my landlord insurance but my tenants deciding not to pay so I will have to make another claim with directline as I’m not doing the bathroom as I can’t afford it. I’m sure they will come out with another excuse . So my question is to everyone . When you buy a place would you check underneath the tiles and floorboards and rip everything out before buying ?? Who does that ? No sign of mould or damp when I bought the place . This gives insurance a bad name and I hope the government do more in situations like this .

20th December 2018

Reasonable premiums for 4 yrs ..now a 430 % increase - don't stay with these rogues !!

Had a landlords policy paying about £140 for buildings only policy , this went up to £166 over 4 years which was reasonable - until 2018 they asked for £876 !!! ( and never made a claim ) ...

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Had a landlords policy paying about £140 for buildings only policy , this went up to £166 over 4 years which was reasonable - until 2018 they asked for £876 !!! ( and never made a claim )
Asked to explain their greedy hike ..they replied that the Environmental Agency were to blame as they had now put the property in the risk of flood catergory !
Did they have the honesty , courtesy or balls to tell me this in any correspondence before the renewal ??? No flipping chance - Be warned !! ( this case is ongoing )

23rd September 2018

Watch out!

A couple of years ago we were checking through our joint account statement to see if me could make any economies, and noticed that my partner's car insurance with Direct Line was ludicrously high, over £600 per year. Mine with a different company was ...

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A couple of years ago we were checking through our joint account statement to see if me could make any economies, and noticed that my partner's car insurance with Direct Line was ludicrously high, over £600 per year. Mine with a different company was around £200, but my partner had just automatically renewed each year without checking the amount. He changed to another company that cost less than half for the same level of cover. I know insurance costs go up, but that's taking the mickey!

5th September 2018

Neither I nor my agent kept informed!

I bought Landlord insurance and paid the extra for Legal Expenses. My tenant defaulted on his rent payment, so I activated the legal department and informed them from an early stage that there may be problems. As the property is fully managed, I...

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I bought Landlord insurance and paid the extra for Legal Expenses. My tenant defaulted on his rent payment, so I activated the legal department and informed them from an early stage that there may be problems. As the property is fully managed, I nominated my "agent" to deal with matters on my behalf. Direct Line Legal are a firm called "DWF" based at Bristol; they have repeatedly failed to keep me or my agents informed of what is happening. Because my tenant is in the property but not paying me any money, this is resulting in considerable financial hardship not to mention worry and anxiety for myself! AVOID this firm if you feel you should be kept informed at the very least; and want everything to proceed at acceptable speed. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR LANDLORDS!

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