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  • Release date: 10 February 2017
  • Period covered: 2000-01 to 2015-16 and October to December 2016
  • Next update: 11 May 2017
A quarterly report, produced by the Ministry of Justice, includes information on numbers of possession claims issued and claims leading to an order being made in the county courts of England and Wales.

October to December 2016

Release date: 10 February 2017

The possession action figures do not indicate how many homes have actually been repossessed, as not all court orders result in repossession and repossessions can occur without a court order being made. However, information on the number of warrants of possession and the number of repossessions by court bailiffs in Wales are also shown below.

Key points(1)(2)

  • On an annual basis, the numbers of mortgage possession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of Wales have been falling annually since 2008.
  • During October to December 2016, there were 357 mortgage possession claims and 261 mortgage possession orders made, an increase of 18 per cent and by 16 per cent, respectively, on the same quarter of 2015 (3).
  • Mortgage possession warrants and repossessions by court bailiffs have also been falling annually since 2008 with the exception of a small increase in both during 2011.
  • During October to December 2016, there were 273 mortgage possession warrants given; down by 16 per cent on the same quarter of 2015. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by 1 per cent (to 93).
  • Following increases during 2012 and 2013, both landlord possession claims issued and orders made decreases again during 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • There were 1,216 landlord possession claims made during October to December 2016, a decrease of 8 per cent on the same quarter of 2015. There were 1,066 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, down by 5 per cent compared with October to December 2015.
  • During October to December 2016, 72 per cent of claims and 77 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • Following increases in both landlord possession warrants and repossessions by county court bailiffs during 2013 there was a slight decrease in landlord warrants during 2014 whilst landlord repossessions increased. Both decreased again during 2015 and 2016.
  • There were 506 landlord possession warrants issued during October to December 2016, which is down by 22 per cent on the same quarter of 2015. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs was down by 1 per cent (to 289) on the same quarter of 2015.
  • During October to December 2016, 76 per cent of all landlord possession warrants and 71 per cent of all landlord repossessions were made on behalf of social landlords.

Notes

(1) All figures shown are not seasonally adjusted.
(2) Not all court orders result in actual repossessions. More information on mortgage repossessions at a UK level is available from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
(3) Please note that figures for October to December 2016 are currently provisional.

The bulletin and accompanying tables are available on the GOV.UK website.

2000-01 to 2015-16

Release date: 30 June 2016

This report provides more in-depth analysis on mortgage and landlord (both social and private) possession actions taken in the county courts of Wales. The information is based on the statistics collated by the Ministry of Justice and published in their quarterly release.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 5055
Email: stats.housing@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 029 2089 8099

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