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Home Repossession

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders have been made for the repossession of homes in each London borough since 1987. (87242)

The following table shows the number of mortgage possession orders made in all London county courts since 1987.

The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, county courts’ jurisdictions are not coterminous with London borough boundaries, and therefore any single court’s repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.

These figures do not indicate how many houses have been repossessed through the courts, since not all the orders will have resulted in the issue and execution of warrants of possession.

Number of mortgage1 possession orders made in county courts2 in London, 1987-2005

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

Brent

349

311

372

272

821

345

332

248

117

Bow

470

724

1832

1614

1974

1046

1183

563

421

Brentford

313

475

568

588

965

779

445

273

236

Bromley

401

461

557

405

811

486

447

340

285

Central London

0

0

0

0

0

585

885

585

537

Clerkenwell

72

102

96

120

225

353

245

120

221

Croydon

549

357

470

1256

2306

816

672

593

542

Edmonton

509

261

860

682

815

1016

713

369

534

Ilford

172

452

283

386

484

386

319

186

146

Kingston-upon-Thames

161

134

215

479

465

499

369

292

259

Lambeth

203

587

397

505

421

649

337

291

319

Mayors and City

0

0

0

11

4

5

7

3

11

Romford

309

286

425

434

579

412

271

180

202

Shorditch

135

104

145

195

222

256

268

99

120

Uxbridge

302

265

329

697

562

435

407

321

335

Wandsworth

213

193

588

497

607

443

478

375

287

West London

146

133

189

323

380

380

249

168

236

Willesden

440

510

578

1965

1650

1114

943

1635

1095

Woolwich

171

228

268

209

425

395

255

156

143

Bloomsbury

220

358

495

466

643

973

4

4

4

Westminster

11

62

54

42

41

36

4

4

4

London total

5,146

6,003

8,721

11,146

14,400

11,409

8,825

6,797

6,046

1996199719981999200020012002200320042005Brent1236648115786610097143302Bow520389709662291176248295456817Brentford225103216222138110113124189290Bromley218186164154163103161235271486Central London3038310426524388101162281Clerkenwell6165801043331355978132Croydon485392372301252257254338394644Edmonton365602296175143176206228285553Ilford21613722312712010511593219309Kingston-upon-Thames2832221401388858589194165Lambeth1771391314366117160195311533Mayors and City3022211020Romford137172123119100111118179211445Shorditch11497110285454880113155225Uxbridge2549415919214310810098149227Wandsworth3442061442475996100135187295West London23811575434140406479150Willesden613251332310168155147236255459Woolwich134107889791539696181348 Bloomsbury4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—Westminster4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—4—London Total4,8133,4263,5163,3622,0731,8542,2202,7773,8216,661 1 Local authority and private.2 The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.3 For the years 1987 to 1989, “Suspended orders” were not separately counted. They are thus included in “Orders made”.4 Court closed.