Landlords should advise tenants who are thinking of leaving property vacant for more than one month to check their insurance policies.

Sainsbury's Home Insurance has revealed that 36 per cent of policies will not cover a property that has been left empty for more than one month.

This applies to tenants and homeowners who go on holiday and could even concern people who have organised for friends to check on houses.

It was stated that one in ten people will go on an extended holiday of more than 30 days this year - approximately 4.1 million Britons.

People aged 25 to 35-years-old are also most likely to advertise the fact that they are going away on social networking sites, according to Sainsbury's Home Insurance manager Ben Tyte.

Some 34 per cent of this age group do so, with 13 per cent of people overall updating their statuses to reveal this fact.

Checking insurance policies before jetting off is essential, Mr Tyte advised.

Social networking site Facebook now has more than 350 million active users, it states.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19555726-ADNFCR

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