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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 8 February 2018
  • Period covered: October to December 2017
  • Next update: May 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.

October to December 2017

Release date: 08 February 2018

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

Key points(1)(2)

Mortgage possession actions
  • Annually, both mortgage possession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of Wales fell between 2008 and 2016. However during 2017 claims were up by 2 per cent on the previous year and orders up by 8 per cent.
  • During October to December 2017, 317 mortgage possession claims were made, down 11 per cent on the same quarter of 2016 (3). The 212 mortgage possession orders made during the quarter were down by 18 per cent on the previous year.
  • Mortgage possession warrants and repossessions by court bailiffs also fell annually between 2008 and 2016. During 2017 warrants continued to fall whilst repossessions were up by 2 per cent.
  • During October to December 2017, there were 275 mortgage possession warrants issued similar to the same quarter of 2016. Over the quarter, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs increased by 6 per cent (to 99).
Landlord possession actions
  • Landlord possession claims issued and orders made both increased by 4 per cent in 2017 following decreases over the previous 3 years.
  • 1,228 landlord possession claims were made during October to December 2017, up 1 per cent on the same quarter of 2016. There were 1,126 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, up 6 per cent on the previous year. 70 per cent of claims and 72 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • Following decreases in the previous 2 years, landlord possession warrants were up by 6 per cent during 2017. Annually, repossessions by county court bailiffs continued to decrease during 2017.
  • Landlord possession warrants issued during October to December 2017 were up by 18 per cent on the same quarter of 2016 (to 597). Landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs during the quarter were up by 6 per cent (to 308).
  • During the quarter, 77 per cent of landlord possession warrants and 58 per cent of landlord repossessions were for 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 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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