Repossession Orders

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions, Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many house repossessions were laid before the courts in each month in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) region; and how many of these were approved by the court.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The following tables show the number of mortgage and landlord possession claims issued, suspended orders and outright orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, broken down by Her Majesty Court Service region, since 2005.

The data are not currently available by 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/mortgateland lordpossession.htm

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.

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 l: Mortgage possession claims issued in the county courts of England and Wales, broken down by region, 2005-07
London Midlands North East North West South East South West Wales
January 2005 1,325 1,391 1,016 1,045 1,564 786 436
February 2005 1,697 1,632 1,014 1,131 1,975 778 506
March 2005 1,717 1,661 1,324 1,132 2,144 856 579
April 2005 1,688 1,731 1,318 1,280 2,044 990 559
May 2005 1,532 1,410 1,066 1,065 1,815 806 461
June 2005 2,002 1,943 1,372 1,366 2,218 1,037 610
July 2005 2,002 1,821 1,470 1,376 2,266 1,073 512
August 2005 1,865 1,890 1,515 1,334 2,171 901 566
September 2005 1,633 1,598 1,291 1,250 1,924 894 519
October 2005 1,864 1,977 1,462 1,434 2,193 963 549
November 2005 2,077 2,106 1,604 1,702 2,366 1,107 674
December 2005 1,683 1,630 1,171 1,146 1,872 793 498
January 2006 1,717 1,821 1,416 1,475 2,098 964 624
February 2006 1,670 2,005 1,485 1,429 2,057 991 653
March 2006 2,100 2,563 1,763 1,826 2,601 1,174 814
April 2006 1,761 1,768 1,330 1,436 1,938 916 580
May 2006 1,783 1,925 1,579 1,421 1,953 916 627
June 2006 1,982 2,545 1,917 1,893 2,684 1,216 819
July 2006 2,135 2,089 1,737 1,782 2,344 1,049 766
August 2006 2,011 2,267 1,674 1,631 2,215 1,195 799
September 2006 1,618 2,072 1,618 1,731 2,044 992 690
October 2006 2,014 2,249 1,682 1,804 2,332 1,045 701
November 2006 1,734 2,111 1,624 1,722 2,027 1,016 676
December 2006 1,339 1,506 1,216 1,055 1,546 668 458
January 2007 1,801 2,297 1,771 1,708 2,261 1,052 743
February 2007 1,761 2,096 1,658 1,672 2,037 974 658
March 2007 1,908 2,312 1,948 1,951 2,251 1,085 841
April 2007 1,454 1,880 1,592 1,486 1,848 876 651
May 2007 1,810 2,164 1,902 1,902 2,294 1,031 757
June 2007 1,700 2,248 1,801 1,740 2,211 1,046 777
July 2007 1,919 2,540 2,078 2,039 2,392 1,170 823
August 2007 1,634 2,480 1,872 1,986 2,169 1,033 858
September 2007 1,280 1,944 1,682 1,659 1,899 877 621
October 2007 1,663 2,440 1,937 1,921 2,193 1,083 873
November 2007 1,841 2,531 2,025 2,010 2,309 1,155 896
December 2007 1,327 1,971 1,543 1,578 1,814 882 689
Source:

Ministry of Justice

Table 2: Landlord possession claims issued in the county courts of England and Wales, broken down by region, 2005-07
London Midlands North East North West South East South West Wales
January 2005 2,656 2,097 1,652 1,810 2,038 1,074 611
February 2005 3,920 2,501 1,842 2,074 2,683 1,271 750
March 2005 3,966 2,316 1,860 1,959 2,429 1,177 647
April 2005 3,483 2,282 1,936 1,928 2,295 1,216 563
May 2005 3,068 2,021 1,583 1,705 1,916 1,264 640
June 2005 3,860 2,501 1,720 2,056 2,595 1,438 786
July 2005 3,633 2,435 1,748 1,860 2,217 1,209 794
August 2005 3,573 2,537 1,973 1,814 2,381 1,193 808
September 2005 3,681 2,272 1,772 2,063 2,350 1,327 827
October 2005 3,686 2,303 1,859 1,952 2,327 1,226 674
November 2005 3,827 2,297 1,685 2,214 2,397 1,342 806
December 2005 3,430 2,150 1,828 1,365 2,061 1,103 526
January 2006 3,349 2,258 1,895 1,861 2,519 1,208 757
February 2006 3,778 2,289 1,959 2,046 2,591 1,340 750
March 2006 4,029 2,307 2,035 1,939 2,667 1,274 903
April 2006 3,120 1,789 1,485 1,507 1,885 910 443
May 2006 3,289 2,024 1,623 1,851 2,222 1,136 658
June 2006 3,603 2,381 2,031 1,837 2,478 1,151 843
July 2006 3,484 2,156 1,820 . 2,017 2,388 1,023 663
August 2006 4,074 2,268 1,887 1,898 2,399 1,395 776
September 2006 3,114 2,150 1,892 1,790 2,187 1,124 727
October 2006 3,491 1,842 1,879 1,749 2,217 1,099 652
November 2006 3,005 1,696 1,701 1,715 2,046 1,089 545
December 2006 2,558 1,514 1,355 ' 1,301 1,943 910 500
January 2007 2,964 1,951 1,806 1,581 2,268 1,186 667
February 2007 2,984 2,011 1,662 1,666 2,180 1,000 587
March 2007 3,176 2,224 1,767 1,710 2,135 1,060 706
April 2007 2,651 1,580 1,319 1,337 1,802 905 458
May 2007 3,250 1,937 1,621 1,725 2,181 1,003 615
June 2007 3,654 1,958 1,654 1,511 2,285 1,103 694
July 2007 3,431 2,026 1,937 1,826 2,194 1,043 649
August 2007 3,410 2,248 1,638 1,729 2,411 1,153 630
September 2007 2,899 1,944 1,522 1,617 2,050 1,003 564
October 2007 3,652 2,159 1,805 1,867 2,447 1,163 657
November 2007 3,401 2,032 1,584 1,755 2,344 1,098 663
December 2007 2,429 1,609 1,320 1,270 1,759 806 512
Source:

Ministry of Justice

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Table 3: Mortgage( 1) possession orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, broken down by region, 2005-07( 2)
London Midlands North East North West
Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4)
January 2005 355 424 397 497 275 384 228 318
February 2005 463 538 351 477 222 302 247 355
March 2005 429 434 412 491 265 375 253 370
April 2005 561 519 478 624 355 474 321 429
May 2005 517 512 418 609 370 483 338 420
June 2005 635 664 599 630 356 486 373 461
July 2005 481 436 412 573 367 432 352 394
August 2005 607 590 628 732 363 481 399 493
September 2005 745 663 599 702 428 516 445 510
October 2005 644 579 532 609 417 472 380 420
November 2005 619 649 589 630 468 498 431 504
December 2005 565 481 528 600 393 457 305 369
January 2006 606 575 777 687 519 632 471 563
February 2006 730 649 626 659 408 418 452 453
March 2006 719 642 692 681 530 565 510 596
April 2006 525 469 606 630 470 477 353 541
May 2006 737 616 774 697 554 630 540 498
June 2006 760 613 802 892 517 580 642 675
July 2006 736 589 726 756 618 660 471 512
August 2006 733 615 782 705 588 585 608 580
September 2006 696 552 873 819 627 710 619 596
October 2006 815 571 715 670 589 597 612 595
November 2006 707 552 780 741 617 619 661 596
December 2006 534 471 663 648 606 494 560 509
January 2007 904 691 952 820 710 651 634 598
February 2007 650 535 714 678 565 541 645 593
March 2007 646 510 749 732 725 689 612 566
April 2007 610 477 677 655 573 546 572 534
May 2007 746 550 756 719 637 615 661 593
June 2007 705 524 794 738 766 562 699 625
July 2007 635 463 868 744 713 619 695 602
August 2007 598 505 851 753 640 460 677 596
September 2007 673 487 1,076 872 713 601 669 540
October 2007 648 450 1,007 809 800 628 794 710
November 2007 592 498 863 826 643 611 710 694
December 2007 537 438 762 622 560 486 522 527
South East South West Wales
Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended( ) Orders( 4)
January 2005 434 578 211 286 99 132
February 2005 355 507 198 274 89 121
March 2005 464 653 199 312 116 185
April 2005 636 751 201 295 152 217
May 2005 597 693 278 305 153 174
June 2005 650 682 285 290 177 197
July 2005 684 709 281 315 140 182
August 2005 614 745 342 418 172 203
September 2005 730 784 290 362 188 200
October 2005 665 741 281 361 159 212
November 2005 663 712 246 288 192 200
December 2005 554 619 256 244 152 133
January 2006 797 799 319 382 188 213
February 2006 684 709 310 303 160 216
March 2006 759 819 318 400 216 211
April 2006 688 655 286 280 184 210
May 2006 729 701 317 353 239 207
June 2006 756 756 358 387 246 209
July 2006 742 690 320 354 229 227
August 2006 833 790 379 368 246 233
September 2006 821 785 391 352 282 261
October 2006 719 613 348 324 263 256
November 2006 936 799 356 331 269 257
December 2006 582 531 299 280 214 200
January 2007 1052 788 399 337 291 305
February 2007 705 595 286 273 181 168
March 2007 747 743 417 380 286 256
April 2007 746 651 334 267 214 227
May 2007 789 600 315 328 244 254
June 2007 861 669 409 336 253 236
July 2007 869 657 366 309 300 264
August 2007 831 624 369 299 241 200
September 2007 841 638 448 329 302 218
October 2007 956 793 361 297 363 318
November 2007 796 704 399 320 298 294
December 2007 630 537 317 282 235 251
(1) Mortgage possession data include all types of lenders whether local authority or private.

(2) The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court-level data on mortgage possession orders. As a result figures for 2007 are estimated at HMCS regions.

(3) The court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually requires the defendant to pay the current mortgage instalments plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced.

(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.

Source:

Ministry of Justice

Table 4: Landlord( 1) possession orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, broken down by region, 2005-07( 2)
London Midlands North East North West
Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4)
January 2005 1377 871 633 942 586 979 572 953
February 2005 1131 788 586 996 549 710 435 715
March 2005 1142 697 635 960 552 845 465 842
April 2005 1386 858 690 1066 642 889 624 947
May 2005 1217 739 705 926 549 739 501 727
June 2005 1436 780 764 1049 586 844 564 823
July 2005 1367 733 697 865 540 693 534 679
August 2005 1375 831 689 1094 582 788 538 741
September 2005 1274 732 766 1043 546 663 582 858
October 2005 1406 813 756 995 665 818 564 803
November 2005 1465 743 709 992 618 807 527 895
December 2005 1235 623 571 840 529 683 443 601
January 2006 1402 733 805 1076 589 858 577 852
February 2006 1342 850 657 829 514 649 522 700
March 2006 1335 734 762 1047 591 811 561 790
April 2006 1222 645 563 710 539 672 424 566
May 2006 1380 728 702 881 605 909 552 656
June 2006 1458 640 807 893 645 646 588 719
July 2006 1476 595 668 750 621 659 513 633
August 2006 1669 731 744 810 659 702 610 650
September 2006 1390 586 892 936 651 654 608 564
October 2006 1373 481 738 788 719 676 622 673
November 2006 1474 501 816 834 662 657 684 603
December 2006 1140 391 518 599 635 578 545 595
January 2007 1742 651 787 728 709 881 676 632
February 2007 1208 391 735 646 542 545 544 552
March 2007 1466 404 749 720 785 734 695 532
April 2007 1291 458 727 702 618 638 578 514
May 2007 1420 459 680 630 628 543 606 482
June 2007 1716 450 766 761 739 554 662 565
July 2007 1609 410 745 721 739 505 732 576
August 2007 1773 567 916 758 721 570 721 539
September 2007 1368 486 865 804 640 654 633 517
October 2007 1713 610 914 896 759 741 729 657
November 2007 1765 549 902 894 715 622 717 674
December 2007 1260 463 636 616 557 465 532 473
South East South West Wales
Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4) Outright Orders( 3) Suspended Orders( 4)
January 2005 794 859 419 482 254 249
February 2005 686 714 379 414 208 264
March 2005 753 956 404 451 234 256
April 2005 836 999 394 428 239 299
May 2005 748 814 368 397 185 222
June 2005 779 722 441 431 254 286
July 2005 806 865 430 422 210 241
August 2005 778 754 445 511 228 352
September 2005 773 831 416 453 312 412
October 2005 816 847 462 466 221 303
November 2005 768 832 403 424 231 341
December 2005 685 742 347 414 179 208
January 2006 806 828 385 453 210 323
February 2006 705 762 345 427 205 267
March 2006 879 888 453 528 221 286
April 2006 722 647 342 320 189 224
May 2006 783 733 356 349 189 289
June 2006 820 726 402 330 216 222
July 2006 831 633 391 309 245 290
August 2006 885 732 419 311 258 334
September 2006 813 591 390 338 273 274
October 2006 836 687 470 301 286 273
November 2006 857 733 435 354 246 278
December 2006 637 559 327 275 239 204
January 2007 1094 934 514 399 302 227
February 2007 812 530 367 313 196 141
March 2007 959 635 421 396 316 231
April 2007 841 547 372 290 236 163
May 2007 913 471 403 271 255 221
June 2007 948 586 474 319 260 176
July 2007 990 560 499 306 270 215
August 2007 1006 565 469 268 253 196
September 2007 978 643 414 324 344 236
October 2007 1068 724 472 319 285 243
November 2007 1096 675 509 356 313 230
December 2007 800 608 334 252 248 194
(1) Landlord possession data include all types of landlord whether local authority, housing associations or private.

(2) The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the

availability of court-level data on landlord possession orders. As a result figures for 2007 are estimated at HMCS regions.

(3) The court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually requires the defendant to pay the current rent plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced.

(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.

Source:

Ministry of Justice

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