Mortgage and landlord possession numbers grew in 2023

12th February 2024

Latest statistics from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have shown that mortgage and landlord possession actions continued to grow steadily in 2023.

The figures showed that mortgage possession claims now sit around 65% of what it was in 2019. The quarterly figures show that mortgage possession actions have continued their gradual upward trend with mortgage claims at their highest since 2019. This quarter, claims, orders and warrants are 39%, 9% and 3% respectively above the previous year’s level, while repossessions were 19% below the previous year’s levels.

Compared to the same quarter in 2022, mortgage possession claims increased from 3,163 to 4,384 (39%), orders from 2,482 to 2,702 (9%), warrants from 2,131 to 2,201 (3%) and repossessions by county court bailiffs decreased from 735 to 593 (19%).

Landlord claims have increased at a faster pace and now makeup around 85% of the 2019 baseline.

Landlord possession actions have followed a similar upward trend mainly driven by Accelerated and Private landlord possession claims which have continued to rise and are currently back to their pre-covid baseline. In the Accelerated procedure, the rise is across all the action types of claims (16%), orders (20%), warrants (25%) and repossessions (34%) when compared to the same quarter last year.

When compared to the same quarter in 2022, landlord possession claims increased from 20,457 to 23,382 (14%), orders from 16,145 to 18,003 (12%), warrants from 8,778 to 9,833 (12%) and repossessions from 5,427 to 6,649 (23%).

Commenting on the figures Ben Twomey, Chief Executive of Generation Rent, said “Today sees the continuation of an awful trend that has been blighting the lives of renters across our country. As long as landlords can evict tenants through no fault of their own with just two months’ notice, homelessness in England will continue to soar.

“Renters have been waiting five years since the government promised to end these evictions, and yet today we find out the government is delaying their plans again. Since that promise, almost 90,000 households have been forced out because of no-fault evictions – and this number is rising every day. In fact, since the law to change this was last debated in parliament, we estimate that 5,891 more households have faced Section 21 eviction in the courts.

“How can the government stand by while thousands of us are turfed from our homes? The Renters Reform Bill must be brought back to the Commons as soon as possible to end these appalling evictions. England’s 12 million private renters cannot be made to wait any longer.”