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Repossession Orders

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homes were repossessed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (197278)

I have been asked to reply.

Repossessions following a court order are dealt with by the Enforcement of Judgments Office (EJO) of the Northern Ireland Court Service.

The following table sets out the number of repossession applications lodged with EJO and the number which have been resolved by way of eviction over the last five years.

Repossession applications lodged with EJO

Repossession applications finalised by way of eviction

2003

914

152

2004

945

200

2005

972

188

2006

1,002

184

2007

923

128

Total

4,756

852

In addition to those cases in which the EJO repossess the property and give vacant possession to the applicant, a larger number of cases are resolved by agreement reached between the parties or where the occupant vacates the property voluntarily.