Evic­tions from rented homes at all time high

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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