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Landlord possession orders

Key points

  • There were 27,000 outright landlord possession orders in London in 2014/15, the highest number for at least a decade. This amounts to 14.3 for every 1,000 renting households, more than double the rate in the rest of England at 5.9.
  • Over the last decade the number of possession orders by a social landlord has remained relatively flat at around 6,500. Meanwhile the number by a private landlord has more than doubled from 2,300 in 2004/05 to 5,200 in 2014/15.
  • The most common type of possession orders are accelerated orders which accounted for 15,700 possession orders in London in 2014/15 up from 6,700 in ten years.
  • The rise in accelerated possession orders has been much greater in London where they now account for 58% of all landlord possession orders compared to 33% in the rest of England.

Landlord orders in London

What does this graph show?

The graph shows there were 27,000 outright landlord possession orders in London in 2014/15, the highest number for at least a decade. This amounts to 14.3 for every 1,000 renting households, which is a slightly lower level than the previous two years, as the number of rented households has grown faster than the number of possession orders. But this rate is more than double the rate in the rest of England at 5.9.

Outright landlord possession orders, which allow landlords to immediately possess their property and evict the tenants, are much more common in London than mortgage possession orders.

The type of landlord possession orders has also changed over time in London. Over the last decade the number of possession orders by a social landlord has remained relatively flat at around 6,500. Meanwhile the number by a private landlord has more than doubled from 2,300 in 2004/05 to 5,200 in 2014/15. But the biggest type are accelerated orders which accounted for 15,700 possession orders in London in 2014/15 up from 6,700 in ten years.

These accelerated possession orders can be used by social and private landlords with short hold tenancies once the initial fixed tenancy period has ended (typically a 6 or 12 month period). It allows possession orders to be made by the court solely on the basis of written evidence and without calling the parties to a hearing. This rise in accelerated possession orders has been much greater in London where they now account for 58% of all landlord possession orders compared to 33% in the rest of England.

Data used

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics; MOJ and English Housing Survey, DCLG

Indicator last updated: 20 October 2015