Mortgage possession orders on the rise

Associated claims also on the up according to analysis of Ministry of Justice figures.


The number of mortgage possession claims and orders made in county courts has increased in the last six months. – which assists homeowners with the prospect of repossession – has analysed data to determine which local authorities in England and Wales are most at risk.

That data, from the Ministry of Justice, showed the City of London had the highest rate of mortgage possession claims at 59%

However, this corresponded to just three properties due to a smaller population.

So with the City’s place declined, makes Middlesbrough is the UK’s repossession hotspot, holding 44.3 mortgage possession claims per 100,000 households.

Next up was Oldham at 43.6 with Thurrock third at 43.2.

The three local authorities with the fewest mortgage possession claims to be: Islington (2.7 per 100,000 households), South Northamptonshire (2.6) and Cambridge at 1.9.

The Isles of Scilly, Ryedale, Rutland and Tewkesbury were found to have no mortgage possession claims.

According to leading debt charity, StepChange mortgage arrears is – jointly with council tax – the biggest source of debt in households across the UK, at 31% – signifying the number of StepChange clients who have this type of expenditure who are in arrears.

This takes priority over other concerns such as water bills (24.4%), rent (22.2%) and hire purchases (20.6%.)

Typically, the average arrears amount, relative to mortgage, is a total of £3,581.

Further information from StepChange confirms household mortgages or secured loan debt remains the highest priority bill for homeowners in England and Wales and it is therefore concurrent that those who are struggling must seek advice – before it’s too late and house repossession occurs.

Managing director of, Robby Du Toit said: “The prospect of repossession is daunting – and rightly so. Every year, it is expected 100,000 families in the UK will lose their homes to missed mortgage payments.

“However, it is important to remember there are resources that can provide guidance, help and comfort relative to your circumstance – should you face a possession claim or order.

“In the first instance, I would recommend speaking to a legal adviser and in turn, your lender.

“You can talk to your lender about your arrears at any point, even if they’ve started legal action. Communication – at all levels – is key.”

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