Near 3,000 social housing repossessions so far this year

Stats analysis shows London experiencing the equivalent of four repossessions a day.

 

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There have been over 2,800 social housing repossessions so far this year – in the 25 designated major cities of England and Wales alone.

The number is confirmed in analysis of the latest government stats by Sell House Fast.

Those stats showed the number of social housing repossessions over the first half of this year (January-June 2019).

London had the highest number of housing repossessions during the first half of the year at 1,291 – the equivalent of four repossessions a day.

The second highest after London was Birmingham, which experienced 295 social housing repossessions in the first half of 2019.

In third position was Sheffield, which had 144 cases of housing repossessions in six months.

Liverpool and Manchester are the other two cities which have had more than 100 social housing repossessions between January-June 2019 – Liverpool with 135 and Manchester with 115.

In Wales, Cardiff had more social housing repossessions, with 58, than Swansea, which had 55.

On the other end, Cambridge had only eight housing repossessions, with Blackpool just above on 10.

Total for the 25 major cities considered in England and Wales was 2,880 social housing repossessions between January-June 2019.

The number of households on local authority waiting lists for social housing remains above one million.

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