Private landlords in the minority when it comes to repossession of property

Official figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) showed that between January and March landlords in England and Wales went to court to make 47,220 claims to repossess property – the equivalent of 525 a day.

The vast majority of these were in fact though made by social landlords, including local authorities and housing associations, which took the first steps towards eviction against more than 31,000 tenants – up 13% on the same period last year. Private landlords made nearly 6,500 claims, though this figure was up 11% on 2013.

Changes in state benefits, including the introduction of the bedroom tax and tougher sanctions on jobseekers, it was claimed,  have helped drive the number of tenants facing the threat of eviction to its highest level in more than a decade.

Read the full story in The Guardian

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