Landlords evicting a tenant through the courts must wait up to six months to repossess a rented home, according to the latest official data.

The fastest courts for processing evictions are in the South West, taking an average 18.1 weeks to see a case through, says the Ministry of Justice.

In London, the courts take seven weeks longer to deal with a case – an average 25 weeks – just a week shy of six months.

The data comes from a reply to a written question in Parliament by Thirsk MP Kevin Hollinrake.

He asked the ministry for buy to let repossession times across England broken down by county court circuit.

Across the country, the average repossession takes 22 weeks.

Meanwhile, the government is consulting on proposals for a specialist housing court aimed at speeding up justice for landlords and tenants renting homes privately.

“Tenants, landlords and agents can bring a range of housing issues to the courts or First-tier Tribunal to resolve disputes and enforce their rights,” says the consultation.

“However, concerns have been raised that this does not always work as effectively as it could. Tenants and landlords have suggested that it can be difficult for them to navigate bringing a case to court without support.

“We want to explore ways of reducing delays and improving the service for all users who bring housing cases to the courts and tribunal services.”

Weeks courts take to process repossession orders

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
London 24.0 24.3 24.4 29.5 25.0
Midlands 23.6 25.3 23.1 23.6 21.4
North East 26.6 19.7 24.6 25.0 20.0
North West 27.5 26.8 19.7 19.0 21.1
South East 23.2 21.0 20.8 19.9 20.5
South West 20.6 23.0 16.0 19.0 18.1

Source: UK Parliament/ Ministry of Justice