The number of private tenants being evicted by bailiffs in England and Wales has gone up by a whopping 88% in the last five years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.
In the year to June, 22,592 private renting households were evicted by bailiffs, compared to 11,989 in the same period of 2010/11.
The Chief Executive of housing charity Shelter, Campbell Robb, comments: “These figures demonstrate the terrible impact of crippling welfare cuts and a chronic lack of affordable homes on thousands of renters across England.”
The Government data for the second quarter (Q2) of this year – April to June – shows that there was a slight rise in repossessions by bailiffs on behalf of private landlords in England and Wales to 10,467, from 10,372 in Q2 last year.
However, the amount of warrants has dropped slightly, from 18,271 in Q2 2015 to 18,186 in the same period of this year.
Landlords must be aware that the average time from a claim being issued to repossession by a county court bailiff has increased to 41 weeks, compared to 39.6 weeks in Q2 2015.
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The Ministry of Justice found that of the 34,008 landlord possession claims made in England and Wales in Q2, 11,695 led to orders, 3,008 led to warrants, and 415 led to repossessions by bailiffs.
Robb has called on the Government to “stop families from being pushed into homelessness by ensuring the support available for struggling families reflects the sky-high cost of private renting”.