Statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales, since 2003. Quarterly Mortgage and landlord possession statistics from Ministry of Justice are available here.
Figures represent court actions for possession and not actual homes repossessed. Repossessions can occur without a court order being made, while not all court orders result in repossession taking place.
The data provided in each of the tables relate to possession claims issued and claims leading to an orders being made in the county courts in England and Wales.
Claims Issued: A possession claim is created when a claimant begins a legal action for an order for possession of property by making a claim that is then issued in a county court.
Orders: The court, following a judicial hearing may grant an order for immediate possession. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted, except in the case of suspended orders where the order is suspended as long as the defendant complies with conditions specified in the order.
Warrants: Having received an order, or if the terms of a suspended order are broken, the claimant can apply for a warrant of possession.
Possessions: Once a warrant has been issued, county court bailiffs can repossess the property on behalf of the claimant.
Previously, the figures presented in this dataset were claims that lead to orders, claims that lead to warrants, and claims that lead to repossessions. This counted the number of orders, warrants or repossessions that are unique to a claim, so that if one claim had two or more orders only the first was counted. In the current version of this dataset, they have been replaced with the total number of orders, warrants, and repossessions.
Since Quarter 4 2014, regional data is longer available because it is no longer possible to calculate an accurate regional figure because the small numbers in local authority data are suppressed.
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