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Mortgage and landlord possession actions

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  • Release date: 9 November 2018
  • Period covered: July to September 2018
  • Next update: February 2019
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.

July to September 2018

Release date: 09 November 2018

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
  • 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 July to September 2018, 324 mortgage possession claims were made which is unchanged from on the same quarter of 2017(3). The 227 mortgage possession orders made during the quarter however were down by 17 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 July to September 2018, there were 265 mortgage possession warrants given which is 17 per cent less than the same quarter of 2017. During this same period, mortgage repossessions by court bailiffs decreased by 29 per cent (to 77).
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.
  • There were 1,421 landlord possession claims made during July to September 2018, an increase of 2 per cent on the same quarter of 2017. There were 1,172 landlord possession orders made during the quarter, up by 1 per cent on July to September 2017.
  • During July to September 2018, 70 per cent of claims and 72 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.
  • The 663 landlord possession warrants issued during July to September 2018 was 7 per cent more than the July to September quarter of 2017. The number of landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs during the quarter however was down by 2 per cent (to 294) compared to the previous year.
  • During July to September 2018, 79 per cent of all landlord possession warrants and 65 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 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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