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Social Rented Housing: Evictions

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many possession actions were brought by registered social landlords (RSLs) in England under the Housing Act 1988 in each year since 2000; and what percentage this total comprised in each year of the number of possession actions brought by RSLs on the grounds of rent arrears. (203296)

I have been asked to reply.

The following table shows the number of court orders for possession (including suspended orders) granted to registered social landlords (RSLs) by the county courts in England since 2003 and also a breakdown of orders by the broad grounds for possession as recorded in court databases.

However, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of possessions resulting from specific legislation because this information is not collected by county court administrative systems.

Orders for possession (including suspended orders) granted to registered social landlords (RSLs) by county courts in England, 2003-2007

Grounds for possession

Total possession orders granted to RSLs

Arrears

Antisocial behaviour

Arrears and antisocial behaviour

Other

2003

45,133

44,035

162

61

875

2004

44,260

43,433

139

60

628

2005

41,907

41,129

138

66

574

20061

39,023

38,290

108

38

587

20071

36,390

35,778

126

61

425

1 Certain figures for 2006 and 2007 have been estimated. This follows the rollout of the Possession Claims On- Line (PCOL) system in late 2006, which has affected the availability of detailed information about possession claims in central departmental databases.

Notes:

1. This table presents figures for RSLs only and excludes orders that could be identified as having been made by local authorities. However, this process relied on searching for known local authority titles in the claimant name field, and there may therefore be some inaccuracies as a result of typing errors, use of abbreviations, etc.

2. The figures exclude orders obtained using the accelerated procedure.

Data are not available for earlier years. The figures include all orders relating to ‘social landlords’ except those identified as having been granted to local authorities. They do not indicate how many properties have actually been repossessed, since not all the orders will have resulted in the issue and execution of warrants of possession.

Suspended possession orders allow the tenant to remain in their home as long as they keep up repayment of arrears. If the terms are not met then the landlord can obtain an eviction warrant without the need for a further court hearing.