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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 9 November 2017
  • Period covered: July to September 2017
  • Next update: 8 February 2018
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.

July to September 2017

Release date: 09 November 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)

Mortgage possession actions
  • 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.
  • During July to September 2017, 323 mortgage possession claims were made, a decrease of 9 per cent on the same quarter of 2016(3). The 270 mortgage possession orders made during the quarter however were up by 27 per cent on the previous year.
  • 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 July to September 2017, there were 315 mortgage possession warrants given which is 11 per cent less than the same quarter of 2016. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by just 1 per cent (to 102).
Landlord possession actions
  • 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 1,396 landlord possession claims made during July to September 2017, an increase of 5 per cent on the same quarter of 2016. There were 1,168 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, up by 14 per cent compared with July to September 2016.
  • During July to September 2017, 72 per cent of claims and 74 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.
  • The 620 landlord possession warrants issued during July to September 2017 was 3 per cent more than the July to September quarter of 2016. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs during the quarter however was down by just 1 per cent (to 297) compared with the previous year.
  • During July to September 2017, 78 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 July to September 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@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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