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Repossession Orders: Essex

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were repossessed in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. (212067)

Tables 1 and 2, respectively show the numbers of mortgage and landlord possession orders made in each of the Essex county courts since 2003.

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.

No county court caters only for repossession actions relating to properties in the Castle Point constituency. 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. As county courts' jurisdictions are not coterminous with the borough boundaries, any single court's repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.

Table 1: Mortgage1 possession orders2,3 in the county courts4 of Essex since 2003

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Basildon

478

612

910

1,048

1,057

Chelmsford

175

226

355

381

383

Colchester

300

385

542

695

778

Harlow5

139

183

258

310

Southend-on-Sea

348

416

620

657

606

Essex5

1,440

1,822

2,685

3,091

South East

8,201

10,050

15,220

17,693

17,824

1 Mortgage possession data include all types of lenders whether local authority or 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 Includes suspended orders and orders made.

4 Does not include the small number of possession actions entered in the High Court.

5 The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court and county level data on possession orders. It is only possible to provide court level figures for those courts with direct on-site PCOL access for 2007. Upward adjustments have been made for the missing data at HMCS regional level, hence the figures for the South East are provided. Source:

Ministry of Defence

Table 2: Landlord1 possession orders2, 3, 4 in the county courts5 of Essex since 2003

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Basildon

1,004

1,051

810

853

769

Chelmsford

347

337

266

313

324

Colchester

706

623

677

656

647

Harlow6

410

399

383

342

Southend-on-Sea

487

439

473

490

475

Essex6

2,954

2,849

2,609

2,654

South East

20,336

19,834

19,157

18,093

18,973

1 Landlord possession data include all types of landlords.

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 Includes suspended orders and orders made.

4 Landlord possession orders made through standard and accelerated procedures.

5 Does not include the small number of possession actions entered in the High Court.

6 The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court and county level data on possession orders. It is only possible to provide court level figures for those courts with direct on-site PCOL access for 2007. Upward adjustments have been made for the missing data at HMCS regional level, hence the figures for the South East are provided.

Source:

Ministry of Justice