Birmingham sees highest levels of rental property repossessions so far in 2022
By |Published On: 9th August 2022|

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Birmingham sees highest levels of rental property repossessions so far in 2022

By |Published On: 9th August 2022|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Estate and lettings agent Barrows and Forrester has found that Birmingham is the rental property repossession capital when it comes to landlords reclaiming their properties from tenants. 

It’s latest market analysis shows that during the first quarter of this year there have been 3,737 rental property repossession orders granted in England and Wales. 27% of these repossessions were in London, 15% in the South East, and 11% in the North West.

At local level, it’s Birmingham where the most rental property repossessions have taken place. This city ranks top with 81 rental repossessions in Q1 of this year. The London borough of Lewisham is not far behind with 69 in total.

High numbers of repossessions have also been reported in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (60), Brent (55), Greenwich (55), Ealing (54), and Newham (48).

While these locations reported a large number of landlord repossessions, there are 19 locations that reported no repossessions in Q1 2020. These include South Norfolk, Monmouthshire, Harlow, Guildford, and South Staffordshire.

James Forrester, Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, comments: “As the nation’s second city, demand for rental homes in Birmingham is high and this demand is only increasing as more and more people choose to live and work within the city.

“Birmingham is undergoing a phase of extensive regeneration, bringing new business to Birmingham, not to mention the city hosting the current Commonwealth Games, so there are plenty of high quality applicants looking for accommodation at present.

“With the government doing their best to deter buy-to-let investment by dampening the financial returns on offer, Birmingham’s landlords can ill afford to have their home occupied by a tenant who is failing to pay their way, so it’s understandable that a notable number have decided to clean house and remove problem tenants so far this year.

“Given how severe the nation’s current cost of living crisis has become and how long it’s expected to last for, we would be naive not to assume that this number may continue to climb.

“Of course, the move to repossess a rental property will always be the last resort for any landlord and the vast, vast majority will always manage to come to a suitable agreement with their tenant prior to this requirement.

“In fact, when you consider that there are around 4.4 million rented households in England, the number of rental homes being repossessed is really very small.”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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