Eviction risk hotspots revealed

14 December 2012

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1 in every 115 households across England is at risk of homelessness, new figures from Shelter reveal today.

In the 12 months to September 2012, 198,470 households were threatened with losing their home – equal to cities the size of Liverpool or Bristol being evicted or repossessed.

The figures also show:

  • the top 15 hotspots are all London boroughs, where the risk of repossession or eviction is double the national average, with 1 in every 62 homes at risk
  • the nation’s top hotspot, Barking and Dagenham, has more than three times as many possession claims as the rest of the country, 1 in every 37 homes
  • outside London, the regions with the highest eviction risk are the north west with 1 in 112 homes at risk, and the west Midlands with 1 in 114 homes at risk 
  • there is a correlation between unemployment and eviction risk, with the local authorities with the most possession claims also having the highest rates of unemployment.

The top eviction risk hotspots are:

Local authority (Possession rate per number of homes)

  1. Barking & Dagenham (1 in 37)
  2. Newham (1 in 39)
  3. Haringey (1 in 45)
  4. Hackney (1 in 46)
  5. Southwark (1 in 46)

The top eviction hotspots outside of London are:

  1. Wolverhampton (1 in 65)
  2. Slough (1 in 66)
  3. Manchester (1 in 66)
  4. Peterborough (1 in 68)
  5. Nottingham (1 in 69)

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter said: ‘It’s truly shocking how many people in this country are living with the threat of becoming homeless. In some areas, the risk of being evicted or repossessed is so high that one home in every street could be affected.

‘This report is a stark reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone – all it takes is one event such as a redundancy or relationship break up, and whole families are at risk of losing their home.’

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