Possession claims by private landlords in Wales has fallen 26%, says RLA
The number of claims made by private landlords in Wales to repossess a property has fallen by 26% over the past two years, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
An analysis of Government statistics by the RLA has found that the number of possession claims made to county courts in Wales has fallen from a high of 203 in the first quarter of 2014 to 150 between July and September 2016. This represents just 11% of all claims to repossess a property.
In the third quarter of 2016, social sector landlords made 999 claims to repossess a property in Wales, 75% of the overall total.
The figures are revealed as the Welsh Assembly will today debate a motion calling on the Government to work with local authorities “to ensure that no households with children face eviction in Wales”.
Ahead of the debate the RLA is arguing that whilst every instance of a child losing a home is tragic, landlords need to retain the right to regain possession of a property where a tenant is not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.
“No landlord will ever want to lose tenants who are paying their rent and taking care of their property,” said Douglas Haig, the RLA’s director for Wales. “That said, landlords and lenders need the confidence that where a tenant is not behaving or is failing to pay rent they can regain possession of a property. Sadly that will sometimes involve children.
“Policies could be put in place to support tenants and landlords to avoid this, such as give those families receiving Universal Credit the ability to choose to have the housing element paid directly to their landlord to cover rent.”