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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 11 May 2018
  • Period covered: January to March 2018
  • Next update: August 2018
A quarterly report, produced by the Ministry of Justice. It covers the number of possession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of England and Wales.

January to March 2018

Release date: 11 May 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 January to March 2018, 331 mortgage possession claims were made, down 15 per cent on the same quarter of 2017 (3). The 226 mortgage possession orders made during the quarter were down by 20 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 (down by 2 per cent) whilst repossessions were up by 2 per cent.
  • During January to March 2018, there were 339 mortgage possession warrants issued, 6 per cent less than the same quarter of 2017. Mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs increased by 16 per cent (to 123).
Landlord possession actions
  • In 2017, landlord possession claims issued and orders made increased by 3 and 4 per cent respectively. This followed decreases over the previous 3 years.
  • 1,306 landlord possession claims were made during January to March 2018, down 7 per cent on the same quarter of 2017. There were 1,033 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, down 9 per cent on the previous year. 69 per cent of claims and 74 per cent of orders were made on behalf of social landlords.
  • Following decreases in the previous 3 years, landlord possession warrants were up by 6 per cent during 2017. Annually, repossessions by county court bailiffs continued to decrease during 2017 when they were down 5 per cent on the previous year.
  • Landlord possession warrants issued during January to March 2018 were down by 7 per cent on the same quarter of 2017 (to 631). Landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs during the quarter were up by 4 per cent (to 306).
  • During the quarter, 78 per cent of landlord possession warrants and 64 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 January to March 2018 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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