Repossession by London boroughs

Total repossessions by county court bailiffs in London boroughs (2020/2021 Q3)

The most up to date data for 2021 reflects four quarters of data up to Q3 of the respective year. However, since evictions have been paused due to the pandemic we have retained the 2019 chart for reference. 

In 2020/2021, the rate of repossessions was very low across all boroughs:

  • The highest rate was recorded in Bexley at 0.89. This figure is still below the lowest rate observed in any borough in 2019.
  • The lowest rate of 0 repossessions was recorded in the City of London.
  • Because of the abnormally low rate, comparisons between different boroughs in 2021 might not be as meaningful as in the years preceding the eviction ban.

Pre-pandemic (2019), the rate of court-order home repossessions varied significantly between London boroughs. 

The boroughs with the highest rates of repossessions in 2019 were:

  • Newham (4.48 per 1,000 households - more than twice the London average of 1.81 per 1,000 households.);
  • Barking and Dagenham (4.14 per 1,000 households); and 
  • Haringey (3.92 per 1,000 households).

Whilst the boroughs with the lowest rates of repossessions were:

  • Richmond upon Thames (0.78 per 1,000 households - just under a third of the London average);
  • Camden (0.9 per 1,000 households); and
  • City of London (0.93 per 1,000 households).

All but five London boroughs have repossession rates higher than the average in the rest of England, excluding London.

Repossessions in 2021 continue to be much lower than at the same time in 2019, although they are higher than the equivalent time in 2020.

Total repossessions by county court bailiffs in London boroughs (2019)