Landlords in the UK face a 4 month wait for court appointed bailiffs to remove problem tenants – and some regions see a higher rate of claims and evictions than others.
Analysis of Ministry of Justice figures show London as the evictions capital, and the South West, North East and West Midlands with the lowest rates of repossession.
Possession claims brought to court by private landlords last year
Average cost in legal fees and lost rent for landlords waiting 4 months to evict
London landlords are more likely to have to bring a claim for repossession to court than landlords in the South West
Of landlords in the UK will have to make an eviction claim
On average for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private landlords’ properties after bringing a claim to court
Of claims are not granted a court order either because the judge rejected them or they settled
Private landlord claims in 2017 - regional heatmap
Eviction hotspots are darker - lighter regions are the least likely to repossess.
The rise and fall of evictions by region
Eviction in some regions have fallen, and others have risen. The number of court actions to repossess their properties brought by private landlords in Yorkshire and Humberside has fallen by a quarter since 2003. In Wales, it has more than doubled.
The rise of private landlord repossession claims
Overall, the number of claims being brought has risen over time, with an all-time high in 2013.
The rise of bailiff repossessions
Over time, more eviction claims are ending in repossession by court bailiff.
Progress through court
The fall and fall of claims through the system
The drop-off rate from claim to eviction shows that most claims won’t make it through to the bitter bailiff end.
The court process flow-chart
How the court process works from beginning to end.
*In cases involving a fixed-term tenancy, a landlord possession may not require a hearing under the accelerated procedure
Source: Ministry of Justice Mortgage and Landlord Repossession Statistics.