More than two tenants were evicted per day by property owners in Birmingham, according to new figures.
The latest statistics form the Ministry of Justice revealed that 901 tenants in the city of Birmingham had their property repossessed between the months of April 2017 and March this year.
The research cited several reasons why a court might order an eviction. These range from the most common, which is that the tenant is in serious rent arrears, to anti-social behavior from tenants. Another reason a tenant might be evicted is if they lied in order to get the tenancy in the first place.
In the categories where the type of property is known, the majority of tenants who fell victim to eviction were in social housing. 562 social landlords evicted people from their homes in Birmingham. This is in comparison to the 106 times private landlords did the same.
A further 233 cases saw landlords in Birmingham evict their tenants using ‘accelerated possession.’ Accelerated possession acts more swiftly than a normal eviction and does not usually need a court hearing. This process is used when the tenant is near the end of their lease. It is not possible to split these figures into private and social landlords.
As well as renters being evicted, it is also possible for homeowners to have their property repossessed by their mortgage lender. This happens if they are unable to keep up with repayments. The mortgage lender will then resell the property to make back the money owed. However, this process is not foolproof and if the sale proceeds are not enough to pay this off the homeowner may still be left in debt.
Across the entire of Birmingham, 103 homeowners had their properties repossessed by mortgage lenders in the last year. This equates to nearly two a week.
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