Contents & personal liability

Cancelling contents and personal liability insurance


The periods of notice for personal liability and home contents insurance are set out in the General Conditions of Insurance of each insurance company. The insurance policy is cancelled either by one party giving notice or due to reasons provided for by law and in the policy.

If the notice of cancellation is not received by the insurance company in time, the policy is renewed by one year by tacit agreement. In time means no later than 3 months before the expiry of the agreed policy period.

Cancelling contents and personal liability insurance

When cancelling contents and personal liability insurance, you should note the following points:

When can I cancel my contents and personal liability insurance?

Reason for cancellation Period of notice End of policy
Expiry after minimum policy period
3 months
Policy expiry
Increase in premiums and deductible
Before end of current insurance year
End of current insurance year
Premium increase due to increased risk
Within 30 days of being notified of premium increase
30 days after receipt of notice of cancellation
Violation of obligation to provide information according to Art. 3 of the Insurance Policies Act.
Within 4 weeks of becoming aware of the violation
Receipt of notice of cancellation
Claim paid out by insurer
Policyholder: within 14 days of being notified of the payment at the latest
14 days after insurer receives notice of cancellation

Cancelling contents insurance when you move

You cannot cancel your contents insurance if you move home within Switzerland. You need to give the required notice before the standard policy expiry date. You can only cancel contents insurance outside this time for certain reasons. To avoid missing the deadline for giving notice, you can request a cancellation reminder from Comparis.

Exception – moving in together: if you move in with your partner, for example, and you both already have contents and personal liability insurance, it makes sense to continue with only one policy, adding the second person to it. To do this, contact the insurance companies involved. It is usually possible to cancel one of the policies.

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When can insurers cancel?

Reason for cancellation Period of notice End of policy
Expiry after minimum policy period
3 months
Policy expiry
Violation of duty of disclosure before taking out the policy
Within 4 weeks of becoming aware of the violation
Receipt of notice of cancellation
Significant increase in risk
Within 30 days of receipt of notice regarding increased risk
30 days after receipt of notice of cancellation
Insurance fraud
None
Receipt of notice of cancellation
Claim paid out by insurer
Insurer: at time of payment at the latest
30 days after policyholder receives notice of cancellation