Tenants being evicted by bailiffs rises 88% in 5 years

In the 12 months to June, 22,592 private renting households in England were evicted by bailiffs

The number of households living in the private rented sector in England evicted by bailiffs has gone up 88% in the past five years, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.

In the 12 months to June, 22,592 private renting households in England were evicted by bailiffs compared to 11,989 in the same period in 2010/11.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter, which analysed the quarterly mortgage and landlord possession statistics, said: “These figures demonstrate the terrible impact of crippling welfare cuts and a chronic lack of affordable homes on thousands of renters across England.”

The government statistics for the second quarter of this year, April to June, show that in England and Wales there was a slight rise of repossessions by bailiffs on behalf private landlords to 10,467 from 10,372 in the same period last year.

However, the number of warrants dropped marginally from 18,271 in the second quarter of last year to 18,186 in April to June.

The average time from a claim being issued to repossession by a county court bailiff lengthened to 41 weeks compared to 39.6 weeks in April to June 2015.

The figures show that of 34,008 landlord possession claims made in England and Wales in quarter two of this year, 11,695 (34.4%) led to orders; 3,008 (8.8%) led to warrants; and 415 (1.2%) led to repossessions by bailiffs.

Robb called on the government to “stop families from being pushed into homelessness, by ensuring the support available for struggling families reflects the sky-high cost of private renting”.


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