Types of court repossession in London (2003-2020)

Between 2015 and 2019, the total number of repossessions in London has fallen by more than 50%. This fall has primarily been driven by the reduction in landlord accelerated repossessions - the route taken by private landlords to regain possession of a property after a Section 21 (a so called “no fault”) eviction. At the end of 2019, this type of repossession is just over a third of the level it was in 2015. 

Repossessions for people with mortgages have almost disappeared in London over the past decade, falling from over 3,604 a year in 2009 to 381 in 2019. This was possibly caused by low interest rates. 

The data on court repossessions is updated each financial quarter. The most up to date data for 2020 reflects Q1 of the respective year, since evictions have been paused due to the pandemic.