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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 15 May 2015
  • Period covered: January to March 2015
  • Next update: 14 August 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, on an annual basis, continued to decrease during 2014. This decrease continued in to the first quarter of 2015.
  • During January to March 2015 there were 419 mortgage possession claims and 334 mortgage possession orders made; down by 53 per cent and by 47 per cent, respectively, on the same quarter of 2014(2).
  • On an annual basis, both the number of mortgage possession warrants and the number of mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs have been falling annually since 2008 and continued to decrease during 2014. This decrease has continued in to the first quarter of 2015.
  • During January to March 2015, there were 450 mortgage possession warrants given; down by 44 per cent on the same quarter of 2014. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by 48 per cent (to 152).
  • 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. During the first quarter of 2015, both have shown an increase, compared with the previous quarter.
  • There were 1,619 landlord possession claims made during January to March 2015, down by 16 per cent on the same quarter of 2014. There were 1,311 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, which is a decrease of 12 per cent compared with January to March 2014.
  • During January to March 2015, 78 per cent of claims and 81 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • On an annual basis, following increases from 2005 to 2012, both the number of landlord possession warrants and the number of 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. This trend has continued into the first quarter of 2015.
  • There were 658 landlord possession warrants issued in January to March quarter of 2015, down by 19 per cent on the same quarter of the previous year. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs was down by 6 per cent (377) 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