• There were 82,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 percent or more of the outstanding balance in the fourth quarter of 2017, 7 percent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • Within the total, there were 24,700 homeowner mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 percent or more of the outstanding balance). This was 1 percent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • There were 5,100 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5 percent or more of the outstanding balance in the fourth quarter of 2017, 2 percent greater than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • Within the total, there were 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 percent or more of the outstanding balance). This was 20 percent greater than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • 1,100 homeowner mortgaged properties were taken into possession in the fourth quarter of 2017, 8 percent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • 600 buy-to-let mortgaged properties were taken into possession in the fourth quarter of 2017, unchanged from the same quarter of the previous year.

Commenting on the data, Paul Smee, Head of Mortgages at UK Finance said “Annual homeowner possessions currently stand at a 36 year low, with overall arrears and possessions continuing to decline. This reflects the mortgage industry’s continued commitment to appropriate and prudent lending.”

“All potential borrowers are carefully assessed against their ability to pay back their loans, and lenders work closely with their customers to ensure that any payment issues are dealt with at an early stage. Anyone experiencing difficulty with their mortgage should contact their provider immediately.”