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  • Release date: 11 May 2017
  • Period covered: 2000-01 to 2015-16 and January to March 2017
  • Next update: 10 August 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.

January to March 2017

Release date: 11 May 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 generally fell between 2008 and 2016. However, during January to March 2017, 388 mortgage possession claims and 283 mortgage possession orders were made, an increase of 15 per cent and by 37 per cent, respectively, on the same quarter of 2016(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 January to March 2017, there were 355 mortgage possession warrants given which is the same number as in January to March 2016. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by 9 per cent (to 105).
  • Following increases during 2012 and 2013, the annual number of both landlord possession claims issued and orders made decreased again during 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • There were 1,408 landlord possession claims made during January to March 2017, a decrease of 1 per cent on the same quarter of 2016. There were 1,142 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, up by 1 per cent compared with January to March 2016.
  • During January to March 2017, 75 per cent of claims and 76 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • Following increases in the annual number of 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 678 landlord possession warrants issued during January to March 2017, which is up by 3 per cent on the same quarter of 2016. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs was down by 13 per cent (to 290) on the same quarter of 2016.
  • During January to March 2017, 81 per cent of all landlord possession warrants and 68 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 January to March 2017 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: 0300 025 5055
Email: stats.housing@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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