London has highest number of social housing repossessions

Michael Lloyd

November 12, 2019

London had the highest number of social housing repossessions between January and June, an analysis of government data from Sell House Fast has found.

The capital saw 1,291 social housing repossessions in this time period, the equivalent of four a day.

This was followed by Birmingham which experienced 295 social housing repossessions in the first half of 2019, representing a 10% increase year-on-year.

Robby du Toit, managing director of Sell House Fast, said: “Repossessions in any case are unfortunate.

“For tenants who have been evicted from social housing it can be particularly tough and challenging.

“In most cases, they cannot afford living solutions available on the private market.

“This research highlights the shocking number of social housing repossessions which have occurred in the first six months of this year.

“London has the highest number of social housing repossessions from the considered cities – with the equivalent of four cases a day in the capital.

“For anyone affected, it is important to remember that there are various avenues to gain the appropriate care and guidance on how best to deal with a repossession situation in relation to your personal circumstances.”

Notably, Liverpool (135) and Manchester (115) have had more than 100 social housing repossessions between January and June.

Cambridge reported just eight social housing repossessions.

From the 25 major cities considered in England and Wales, there was a total of 2,880 social housing repossessions in the time period of January to June.


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