Evictions from rented homes at all time high
THE number of people in Buckinghamshire being forcibly evicted from rented accommodation has risen to its highest ever level.
According to newly released figures from the Ministry of Justice, the number of people removed from their rented homes by court bailiffs in the past year is the highest recorded level for any year going back over a decade.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, 137 households have been booted out of their accommodation by the courts with 82 of these repossessions occurring in social housing.
Within Bucks, Wycombe saw a 20 per cent rise in evictions over the past year, with 70 households evicted by bailiffs in 2014-15 compared to 58 who were evicted in 2013-14.
The number of people being forcibly evicted by bailiffs is also at its highest recorded level across the whole of England and Wales, with 37,832 people forced out of their homes in 201415.
This is an increase of 11 per cent compared to the figure for 2013-14 which, until the latest figures were released, was the highest number on record.
The most common reason for these repossessions was that the tenants could no longer afford to pay their rent.
Forcible repossession of this kind is the most extreme form of evicting somebody from their rented home. The landlord must first apply to the courts and be granted an order telling the tenants to move out by a specific time or to abide by specific rules if they want to stay in the property. If they fail to do this then the court will send bailiffs to the property to make the tenants move out.
Due to the fact that repossessions can occur without going this far, the actual number of people who are evicted from their rented homes is likely to be even higher than the statistics suggest.