2,500 homes repossessed in July-September 2015


A total of 2,500 homes were repossessed in the third quarter, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

This was unchanged from the previous quarter, although the number of homes in serious arrears did increase by 400 to 23,700 during the period July-September.

CML director-general Paul Smee said the figures were positive overall, but warned that home-owners should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the continued low cost of borrowing.
“There is possibly a risk that people will postpone thinking about the prospect of higher payments as the timing of rate rises continues to stretch beyond previous expectations,” he said.

“We would urge all borrowers to plan ahead, as prevention is better than cure.”

Looking longer term, both repossessions and arrears were notably lower than a year ago, but as the methodology used to analyse some of the figures has changed during that time, the CML said caution was needed when making comparisons.

“Supported by low interest rates and an improving jobs market, mortgage arrears continue to fall and repossessions are stable,” Mr Smee added.

“Lenders are committed to working with borrowers to resolve their financial difficulties rather than take possession wherever this is realistic.”

Responding to the findings, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said government initiatives had helped to reduce repossession claims and county court mortgage possession orders.