Private Rented Housing: Evictions

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th May 2022.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in the enforcement of court orders for possession of residential property.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) , Assistant Whip

MOJ and HMCTS have already taken steps to review County Court bailiff capacity and have introduced efficiencies, including the increased use of Warrant of Control Support Centres to reduce the administrative tasks undertaken by bailiffs. This has, and will, free up bailiff resource to focus on other enforcement activity which includes the enforcement of possession orders.

The most recent data for timeliness in landlord possession claims can be found at the following link: Mortgage and Landlord Possession statistics: October to December 2021 - GOV.UK ( This shows a consistent improvement in timeliness since the enforcement restrictions lifted at the end of Q2, enabling bailiffs once again to undertake enforcement activity.

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