The number of tenants evicted from private rented homes are down again – for the eighth quarter in a row.
The time taken to evict a tenant is also down, say the latest statistics from the Ministry of Justice.
The figures – comparing the first three months of this year with the same period 12 months ago – show 35,188 landlord claims were made, which was an 8% decrease.
In response, the courts issued 26,009 eviction orders (-10%) and 17,396 warrants of possession (-9%). County court bailiffs carried out 9,370 repossessions (-15%).
Social landlord claims outnumbered private landlord actions two to one – 5,460 claims (16%) and 7,716 accelerated claims (22%) came from private landlords.
The South East was the home possession claims hotspot, accounting for 19% of all claims, compared with 11% in the North East.
Nine out of 10 of the highest numbers of claims were in London boroughs, with the highest being Barking and Dagenham with a rate of 496 for 100,000 homes.
Powys, Wales, had the lowest number of claims – at 27 for 100,000 homes.
Five local authorities had no repossessions – the Isles of Scilly, Ribble Valley, South Bucks, City of London and Maldon.
Newham, East London, which has around 35,000 private rented homes, had the most evictions – 233 for each 100,000 homes.
Possession claims are orders made by a judge on the application of a landlord which may not result in eviction.
Repossessions are the result of eviction orders – termed possession claims – made by a court.
The Ministry of Justice also pointed out that the figures have now fallen for eight quarters in a row since April to June 2014.
The statistics also showed the time for a claim to be turned into a court order increased from 11.1 weeks to 11.7 weeks, compared with a year ago.
The time to move a claim to a warrant is also up – from 37.9 weeks to 39.6 weeks, while repossession claims dropped from 45 weeks to 41 weeks.