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Repossession Orders: Mortgages
25 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders for the repossession of homes were issued in each region in each quarter of each year from 2005 to 2009. [323823]

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Tables showing the numbers of claims leading to orders being made for the repossession of property by mortgage lenders and landlords in England and Wales by Government Office Region for 2005 to 2009 are shown as follows. The figures are based on the physical locations of the properties which were the subject of the court actions.

These figures represent the numbers of claims leading to orders being made. This counting basis is more accurate than the number of orders made, because it removes the double-counting of instances where a single claim leads to more than one order. It is also a more meaningful measure of the number of homeowners who are subject to court repossession actions.

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

Statistics on mortgage and landlord possession claims in the county courts of England and Wales broken down by region, local authority and court, are published by the Ministry of Justice on a quarterly basis on the Ministry’s website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/mortgatelandlord possession.htm

Table 1: Number of mortgage1 possession claims leading to orders made2,3,4,5 for properties in England and Wales by Government Office Regions (GOR)6, 2005-09

Quarter

East

East Midlands

London

North East

North West

South East

South West

Wales

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Not identified

Total

2005

1

1,450

1,025

2,565

585

1,680

1,780

1,010

720

1,510

1,175

210

13,710

2

1,880

1,495

3,325

785

2,225

2,370

1,125

1,025

1,750

1,625

235

17,845

3

1,915

1,480

3,405

860

2,440

2,685

1,365

1,055

1,985

1,605

310

19,105

4

1,820

1,575

3,460

825

2,285

2,295

1,190

1,005

1,785

1,755

260

18,260

2006

1

2,120

1,750

3,815

1,020

2,825

2,725

1,400

1,170

2,255

1,920

295

21,295

2

1,985

1,850

3,650

1,105

3,045

2,600

1,325

1,265

2,375

2,005

275

21,475

3

2,155

1,925

3,815

1,395

3,200

2,830

1,485

1,455

2,535

2,225

275

23,295

4

2,080

1,780

3,525

1,350

3,360

2,515

1,305

1,430

2,310

2,085

210

21,950

2007

1

2,050

2,045

3,890

1,315

3,185

2,775

1,305

1,405

2,405

2,135

70

22,580

2

1,930

1,715

3,480

1,250

3,485

2,535

1,365

1,330

2,380

2,165

65

21,695

3

2,105

2,215

3,275

1,415

3,740

2,600

1,380

1,430

2,760

2,425

45

23,390

4

2,095

1,985

3,020

1,385

3,835

2,515

1,395

1,660

2,640

2,420

40

22,990

2008

1

2,380

2,385

3,550

1,455

4,315

2,860

1,615

1,860

3,055

2,670

45

26,200

2

2,760

2,465

3,865

1,775

5,060

3,165

1,890

1,960

3,555

3,025

65

29,585

3

2,710

2,650

3,970

1,775

4,665

3,085

1,905

2,135

3,185

3,135

65

29,285

4

2,390

2,385

3,475

1,660

4,215

2,750

1,805

1,795

3,225

2,940

55

26,695

2009

1

1,580

1,410

2,245

1,115

2,715

1,955

980

1,185

1,550

1,750

35

16,520

2

1,740

1,490

2,810

1,290

3,135

2,205

1,280

1,195

1,970

1,910

15

19,040

3

1,920

1,795

2,870

1,315

3,560

2,265

1,425

1,405

2,185

2,355

20

21,115

4

1,435

1,280

2,100

965

2,385

1,820

990

1,025

1,600

1,875

25

15,495

1 Includes all types of mortgage lenders.

2 The number of claims that lead to an order includes all claims in which the first order, whether outright or suspended, is made during the period.

3 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.

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 All figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

6 The figures represent the location of the property within each Government Office Region as opposed to the location of the court where the orders were made.

Source:

Ministry of Justice

Table 2: Number of landlord1,2 possession claims leading to orders made3,4,5,6 for properties in England and Wales by Government Office Regions (GOR)7, 2005-09

Quarter

East

East Midlands

London

North East

North West

South East

South West

Wales

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Not identified

Total

2005

1

2,105

1,915

5,700

1,490

3,665

2,915

1,655

1,305

2,565

2,390

1,285

26,985

2

2,290

2,145

6,035

1,415

3,920

2,845

1,660

1,350

2,705

2,515

1,275

28,150

3

2,300

2,060

6,010

1,250

3,665

2,895

1,665

1,620

2,750

2,275

1,220

27,710

4

2,305

2,025

6,015

1,250

3,590

2,785

1,605

1,370

2,555

2,595

975

27,070

2006

1

2,375

2,095

6,165

1,365

3,725

2,755

1,750

1,400

2,785

2,380

995

27,795

2

2,140

1,870

5,845

1,455

3,275

2,550

1,405

1,250

2,485

2,315

710

25,290

3

2,110

1,865

6,230

1,335

3,335

2,535

1,480

1,600

2,745

2,395

580

26,210

4

2,065

1,635

5,160

1,490

3,330

2,530

1,375

1,480

2,430

2,160

475

24,140

2007

1

2,105

1,630

5,700

1,380

3,070

3,095

1,575

1,260

2,495

2,275

300

24,885

2

1,840

1,545

5,595

1,285

3,095

2,515

1,410

1,155

2,415

2,035

195

23,085

3

2,105

1,790

6,000

1,395

3,420

2,775

1,520

1,385

2,750

2,120

200

25,455

4

2,120

1,690

5,940

1,250

3,400

2,745

1,465

1,355

2,735

2,305

190

25,190

2008

1

2,095

1,780

5,950

1,145

3,625

3,065

1,550

1,325

2,665

2,270

190

25,665

2

2,215

1,735

6,255

1,260

3,360

2,885

1,440

1,185

2,760

2,010

170

25,275

3

2,280

1,800

6,665

1,160

3,250

2,770

1,485

1,210

2,605

2,025

160

25,415

4

2,190

1,780

5,625

1,395

3,365

2,670

1,525

1,175

2,645

1,945

140

24,460

2009

1

2,380

1,925

5,765

1,350

3,195

2,840

1,515

1,285

2,350

1,940

105

24,655

2

2,005

1,570

5,590

1,085

2,990

2,640

1,375

1,185

2,210

1,655

100

22,410

3

2,245

1,735

5,755

1,240

3,180

2,810

1,365

1,135

2,285

1,840

75

23,675

4

2,115

1,650

5,405

1,125

2,820

2,615

1,215

1,040

2,290

1,725

60

22,065

1 Includes all types of landlord whether social or private.

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

3 The number of claims that lead to an order includes all claims in which the first order, whether outright or suspended, is made during the period.

4 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.

5 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.

6 All figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

7 The figures represent the location of the property within each Government Office Region as opposed to the location of the court where the orders were made.

Source:

Ministry of Justice