Posted on 13th July 2016
Statistics collated by London’s Poverty Profile Report for 2014-15 have disclosed that in this period a staggering 27,000 outright possession orders were made in London. What perhaps is most interesting from the findings is that 15,700 of these were from accelerated possession claims. By our maths that’s almost 58%. It is clear from the data that the number of landlord possession orders made following accelerated possession claims is on the rise.
Official government statistics for the first quarter of 2016 have confirmed that the number of possession orders made in respect of private sector tenants continues to increase. It is reported that 38,053 landlord possession claims (in all possession matters) were issued between January and March 2016 in England and Wales. Of these a total of 29,049 resulted in possession orders. 39% or put another way, 11,329 of these were suspended possession orders. That would indicate that almost 47% of all possession claims issued between January and March 2016 resulted in outright possession orders.
The statistics emphasise two clear trends:
The evidence also demonstrates that it really is not “game over” if possession proceedings have been issued. The statistics above show 53% of tenants facing possession avoided an outright possession order. As both a firm and as regular attendees at Court duty schemes, time and again we see tenants who fail to actively seek assistance with their possession matters. The reasons for this appear to be:
Litigating in person without the benefit of legal representation can be a daunting step especially when faced with the prospect of losing one’s home which naturally carries emotional involvement. It is therefore crucial to get independent legal advice when facing a possession claim. Even if a possession order has been made, all is not lost.
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