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Repossession Orders: Uxbridge

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in Uxbridge constituency in each year since 2001. (250782)

Although figures for the Uxbridge constituency are not available, the following tables show the number of mortgage and landlord possession claims issued and orders made in Uxbridge and Staines county courts since 2001.

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, Uxbridge and Staines county courts cover areas other than Uxbridge and therefore not all possession actions at these courts will relate to this constituency.

Court level statistics on mortgage and landlord repossession actions from 1987 to 2007 are available on the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/mortgatelandlordpossession.htm

These figures do not indicate how many homes have actually been repossessed. Repossessions can occur without a court order being made, while not all court orders result in repossession.

Table 1: Mortgage1 possession claims issued and orders4,5 made in Uxbridge and Staines county courts, 2001-08

Uxbridge

Staines

Claims issued

Orders made

Claims issued

Orders made6

2001

414

265

233

149

2002

405

254

285,

153

2003

500

265

268

150

2004

601

356

365

219

2005

827

521

547

301

2006

881

604

501

412

2007

885

555

457

20087

718

490

428

Table 2: Landlord2,3 possession claims issued and orders made4,5 in Uxbridge and Staines county courts, 2001-08

Uxbridge

Staines

Claims issued

Orders made

Claims issued

Orders made6

2001

1,827

1,109

589

407

2002

2,153

1,036

593

362

2003

2,014

971

592

344

2004

1,633

953

580

391

2005

1,622

848

531

308

2006

1,766

894

569

332

2007

1,566

830

612

20087

1,231

722

445

1 Mortgage possession data include all types of lenders whether local authority or private.

2 Landlord possession data include all types of landlord whether social or private.

3 Landlord actions include those made under both standard and accelerated procedures. Landlord actions via the accelerated procedure enables the orders to be made solely on the basis of written evidence and shorthold tenancies, when the fixed period of tenancy has come to an end.

4 Includes outright and suspended orders, the latter being where the court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually require the defendant to pay the current mortgage or rent instalments plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced.

5 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.

6 The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court-level data Only those county courts who do not have direct on site access to PCOL were affected. Staines county court does not have direct on site access to this system and figures for ‘orders made’ are not available for this court from 2007 onwards.

7 January to September. Figures for the latest year are provisional.

Source.

Ministry of Justice