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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 14 August 2015
  • Period covered: April to June 2015
  • Next update: 13 November 2015
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.

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)

  • The numbers of mortgage possession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of Wales have been falling annually since 2008. This decrease has continued during the first half of 2015.
  • During April to June 2015 there were 334 mortgage possession claims and 250 mortgage possession orders made; down by 56 per cent and by 54 per cent, respectively, on the same quarter of 2014 (2).
  • The number of mortgage possession warrants and mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs have been also been falling annually since 2011. This decrease has continued during the first half of 2015.
  • During April to June 2015, there were 426 mortgage possession warrants given; down by 45 per cent on the same quarter of 2014. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by 52 per cent (to 114).
  • Annually, both the numbers of landlord possession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of Wales had increased over the two years to 2013. However, both showed a decrease during 2014.
  • There were 1,237 landlord possession claims made during April to June 2015, down 14 per cent on the same quarter of 2014. There were 1,108 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, down 17 per cent compared with April to June 2014.
  • During April to June 2015, 74 per cent of claims and 77 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • On an annual basis, following general decreases with some fluctuation from 2005 to 2012, the numbers of both landlord possession warrants and landlord repossessions by court bailiffs increased slightly during 2013. During 2014, there was a slight decrease in the number of landlord possession warrants, but the number of landlord repossessions by court bailiffs increased.
  • There were 600 landlord possession warrants issued in April to June 2015, down 2 per cent on the same quarter of 2014. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs was down by 7 per cent (275) on the same quarter of 2014.

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).

Contact

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