How Many Repossessions in UK Year on Year?

How Many Repossessions in UK Year on Year?

Market factors, evolving lender practices, unemployment rates and economic policies have all influenced repossession statistics in the UK historically. In this article we have collected data from various sources to determine repossession trends in the UK.

Repossession Statistics 1969 to 2019:

Year

Number of Mortgage Repossessions

2019

4,580

2018

5,648

2017

5,542,

2016

7700

2015

10,200

2014

20,800

2013

28,900

2012

33,900

2011

37,300

2010

38,500

2009

48,900

2008

40,000

2007

25,900

2006

21,000

2005

14,500

2004

8,200

2003

8,500

2002

12,000

2001

18,200

2000

22,900

1999

29,900

1998

33,900

1997

32,800

1996

42,600

1995

49,400

1994

49,200

1993

58,600

1992

68,600

1991

75,500

1990

43,900

1989

15,800

1988

18,500

1987

26,400

1986

24,100

1985

19,300

1984

12,400

1983

8,400

1982

6,900

1981

4,870

1980

3,480

1979

2,910

1978

4,130

1977

4,680

1976

4,950

1975

4,870

1974

3,290

1973

1,220

1972

1,760

1971

2,800

1970

3,760

1969

3,370

Sources: Cml.org.uk & Gov.uk

How Long Does it Take to Complete a Mortgage Repossession?

According to the 2015 repossession stats by Gov.uk, it takes:

  • Approximately 20 weeks (5 months) for the court to issue an order once a repossession claim is made by a mortgage company or lender.
  • Between 80 and 90 weeks (20 months apprx) for the court to issue a warrant after a repossession order is issued.
  • 100 weeks or more for the actual repossession to complete from the day the claim was made. 100 weeks means roughly 2 years.

Historical Year on Year Data

 

 

Repossessions fluctuate on a regular basis, but these changes aren’t always easy to predict. Major economic and political events, like the 2007-2008 global crisis and the 2016 Brexit referendum, have a significant impact on the market. Here are some annual trends that might hint at what’s ahead:

How Many Repossessions Occurred Before and During the 2007/2008 Financial Crisis?

Data published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, or CML, shows that from 1995 until the 2007-2008 financial crises, arrears on mortgages generally decreased. From that point on, the number of borrowers who were behind climbed until hitting a peak in 2009.

According to the housing charity Shelter, repossessions accounted for around 0.43 percent of all lending in 2009. This high was a notable increase from the 0.07 percent seen in 2003 and 2004, and it accounted for 48,900 properties being taken into possession.

How Many Repossessions in 2012?

Following the financial crisis, repossessions began slowly subsiding. In 2012, only around 33,900 mortgaged properties, or 0.30 percent of all housing loans, were repossessed. During this year, the majority of repossessions by county-court bailiffs in England and Wales were driven by mortgage troubles.

How Many Repossessions in 2013?

By 2013, mortgage repossessions had dropped to 28,900, or 0.26 percent. Low quarterly figures were seen as a positive factor, but experts also noted that the number of borrowers in severe arrears was still growing.

How Many Repossessions in 2014?

In 2014, repossessions continued falling. Unfortunately, many property owners still had ample reason to worry.

Shelter showed that around 215,000 households remained at risk of repossession or eviction and stressed that interest rate growth was just exacerbating the problem. This same year, areas like Bolton, Salford, Nottingham, Peterborough and London’s Newham were revealed as trouble spots.

How Many Repossessions in 2015?

Bolton, which had set the record for repossessions since 2004, continued to hold top position. Along with Manchester, Sunderland and some 73 percent of all Northern cities, Bolton was notable for having more repossessions than the national average.

Nonetheless, 2015 was an interesting year because the gap between repossession statistics in the North and the South narrowed dramatically. Experts claimed this was partially due to the fact that repossessions decreased nationwide, although the North still led the South by a significant factor. The high repossession rates that had long plagued London boroughs also exhibited great progress. The only question was whether these improvements would last.

How Many Repossessions in 2016?

The drop in the number of house repossessions from 2015 to 2016 was quite significant with there being 7,700 repossessions across the UK compared to 10,200 in 2015. According to the CML, low interest rates have helped to prevent repossessions and keep mortgage costs down, however with inflation slowly rising they warn that it won’t last forever. 

How Many Repossessions in 2017?

Claims for possession increased 17% (compared to the same quarter last year) from 4739 to 5542. 

How Many Repossessions in 2018?

2018 saw home repossession claims by mortgage companies increase by a third year-on-year during the final quarter, reaching a total of 5648. These figures released from the Ministry of Justice suggest that the creaking economy and Brexit could have had an impact on the number of households struggling financially.

How Many Repossessions in 2019 and Beyond?

House repossessions reached an all time low in 2019, in fact the number of homes repossessed in the UK was at the lowest level it has been since 1980 this year as revealed by BBC. This is thought to be because of lower mortgage rates and a less aggressive attitude from lenders. 

Despite the seemingly positive drop in numbers, experts are warning homeowners to remain vigilant as things could quickly return to a time with increasing pressure on real incomes and rising interest rates.

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