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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Possession orders by landlord and possession type

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[Collapse]TenancyLocal Authority:<br />Secure Tenancy - Section 79 of the Housing Act 1985 defines a secure tenancy as a tenancy under which a dwelling house is let as a separate dwelling when the landlord condition (s. 80) and the tenant condition (s.81) are satisfied. A local authority satisfies the landlord condition and an individual who occupies the dwelling house as his/her principle home satisfies the tenant condition. Local authority tenants are normally periodic secure tenants. Secure tenants have a high degree of security of tenure. <br />In relation to secure tenancies there are 18 grounds for possession that fall into three categories:<br />o Those where the court has a discretion to order possession on the grounds that it is reasonable to do so;<br />o Those where the court may order possession where suitable alternative accommodation is available;<br />o Those where the court may order possession where it thinks this would be reasonable and where suitable accommodation is available.<br /><br />Introductory Tenancy - Section 124 of the Housing Act 1996 enables local authorities to elect to grant new periodic tenants an Introductory tenancy, which will act as a sort of probationary tenancy. An introductory tenancy is similar to a short-hold tenancy in the private sector, and therefore has limited security of tenure. The local authority can ask the court for possession at any time within the first 12 months without proving any statutory grounds. If the local authority does not commence possession proceedings within the first 12 months, the tenancy will become a secure tenancy. An Introductory Tenancy can only be created in local authorities that have elected to create them, but then all (with a few technical exceptions) new tenancies created by that authority must be introductory. Local authorities can only obtain possession orders via a mandatory route for their introductory tenants.<br /><br />Registered Social Landlord:<br />Secure Tenancy - Tenancies created by registered housing associations between 1980 and before the 15 January 1989 are secure tenancies for the purposes of security of tenure. However, they are also housing association tenancies and should be treated as Rent Act protected tenancies for the purpose of fair rent regulation.<br /><br />Assured Tenancy - Section 1 of the Housing Act 1988 defines an assured tenancy as where a dwelling house is let as a separate dwelling and the tenant is an individual who occupies the dwelling house as his/her only or principal home. From the 15 January 1989 housing associations could only grant assured tenancies. Assured tenants have a high degree of security of tenure.<br />In relation to assured tenancies there are also 18 grounds for possession as follows:<br />o Mandatory grounds - where the court must order possession if the landlord is able to prove the ground alleged e.g. 8 weeks rent arrears both at the date of the notice seeking possession and at the date of the hearing (Ground 8);<br />o Discretionary grounds - where the court may only order possession where it is reasonable to do so e.g. persistent delay in paying rent.<br /><br />Assured Shorthold Tenancy - These are a type of assured tenancy, but have a more limited security of tenure (outside any agreed contractual period). From 28 February 1997 they are the default tenancy for the private rented sector, and all new private sector tenancies created after this date will be assured shorthold tenancies, unless the landlord decides to opt into the assured tenancy. Most social landlords (i.e. housing associations) have followed this course of action and grant assured tenancies. In relation to possession proceedings the landlord is able to obtain possession, after serving the appropriate notice, at the end of the contractual period or after six months from commencement of the tenancy.<br /><br />Enhanced assured tenancy - This is the type of tenancy offered to transferring tenants if a transfer of council stock to an RSL goes ahead. It includes most of the rights that Council tenants have with their Council tenancy and sometimes increases some of the rights. Enhanced assured tenancies should be recorded under \'Assured\'. <br /><br />The \'other\' tenancy type category may include licenses, replacement assured tenancy and \'use and occupation\'. [Filter]
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[Collapse]ActionAnti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) - Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1988 the police or a local authority, or (since December 2002) a Registered Social Landlord can apply to the magistrates court for an ASBO against anyone over the age of 10.<br /><br />In many cases there will be more than one reason for the eviction of a tenant. In completing this survey the landlord should give the main reason, in their view, for the possession action. An example of the other category would be possessions by Order 24 (trespasser proceedings).<br />[Filter]
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[Collapse]ProcedureMandatory - Mandatory under Grounds 1 to 8 of the Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Housing Act 1996.<br />[Filter]
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[Collapse]PossessionsPostponed orders were introduced from July 2006.<br /><br />Suspended possession orders - Frequently, the courts grant possession but suspend the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of the suspension, which usually requires the defendant to pay the current rent plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced.<br /><br />Postponed possession orders - This order does not in itself end the tenancy, but if its terms are breached the court may, on application by the landlord, fix a date for the tenancy to end without a further hearing.<br /><br />Outright orders - The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.[Filter]
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[Collapse]All possession ordersClick here to sortAll possession orders
[Collapse]Suspended and postponed possession ordersSuspended and postponed total only includes suspended orders prior to 2006-07.Click here to sortSuspended and postponed possession ordersSuspended and postponed total only includes suspended orders prior to 2006-07.[Expand]Click here to sortOutright possession orders
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[Collapse]Wales1,7084802,1881,2283,416
Wales[Collapse]Total Local Authorities6403801,0206931,713
Total Local Authorities[Expand]Isle of Anglesey909716
[Expand]GwyneddStock transfer to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd in April 2010.00000
[Expand]ConwyStock transferred to Cartrefi Conwy in September 2008.00000
[Expand]Denbighshire27633841
[Expand]Flintshire96810428132
[Expand]Wrexham218110269171
[Expand]Powys2243652186
[Expand]CeredigionStock transferred to Tai Ceredigion in December 2009.00000
[Expand]Pembrokeshire10667647123
[Expand]Carmarthenshire27274150224
[Expand]Swansea9660156103259
[Expand]Neath Port TalbotStock transferred to NPT Homes in March 2011.510512879
[Expand]BridgendStock transferred to Valleys to Coast in September 2003.00000
[Expand]Vale of Glamorgan242263965
[Expand]Cardiff12138159149308
[Expand]Rhondda Cynon TafStock transferred to RCT Homes in December 2007.00000
[Expand]Merthyr TydfilStock transferred to Merthyr Valleys Homes in March 2009.00000
[Expand]Caerphilly161416544209
[Expand]Blaenau GwentStock transferred to Tai Calon Community Housing in July 2010.00000
[Expand]TorfaenStock transferred to Bron Afon Community Housing in April 2008.00000
[Expand]MonmouthshireStock transferred to Monmouthshire Housing in January 2008.00000
[Expand]NewportStock transferred to Newport City Homes in March 2009.00000
[Collapse]Total Registered Social Landlords1,0681001,1685351,703
Total Registered Social Landlords[Expand]Abbeyfield Total00000
[Expand]Aelwyd Housing Association10112
[Expand]Almshouse total00000
[Expand]Baneswell Housing Association00000
[Expand]Bangor Diocesan Housing Association00000
[Expand]Bro Myrddin Housing Association707310
[Expand]Bron Afon Community HousingNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Torfaen council, April 2008.140014064204
[Expand]Cadarn Housing GroupDoes not own stock.00000
[Expand]Cadwyn Housing Association11011415
[Expand]Cardiff Community Housing Association300301949
[Expand]Cardiff YMCA Housing Association00000
[Expand]Care and Repair in PowysDoes not own stock.00000
[Expand]Cartrefi ConwyNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Conwy council, September 2008.392412061
[Expand]Cartrefi Cymunedol GwyneddNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Gwynedd council in April 2010.1613294271
[Expand]Castle Housing Association (Wales)Part of the Family Group.10101
[Expand]Charter Housing AssociationPart of the Seren Group.290292655
[Expand]Clwyd Alyn Housing AssociationPart of the Pennaf Group.8138418102
[Expand]Coastal Housing GroupCymdeithas Tai Dewi Sant and Swansea HA merged to form Coastal Housing group in April 2008.337401959
[Expand]Cymdeithas Tai Cantref6410313
[Expand]Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd20213
[Expand]Cymdeithas Tai Cymdogaeth Gwalia00000
[Expand]Cymdeithas Tai Eryri10010616
[Expand]Cymdeithas Tai Hafan00022
[Expand]Cynon Taf Housing AssociationMerged with Pontypridd and District to become Cynon Taf Community Housing in January 2008..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Cynon-Taf Community Housing GroupFormed from the merger of Cynon Taf and Pontypridd and District in January 2008.15015116
[Expand]Dewi Sant Housing AssociationMerged with Swansea HA to form Coastal Housing Group in April 2008..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Eastern Valley Housing AssociationMerged with Gwerin to form Melin Homes on 01 April 2007..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Fairlake Living1) Name changed from \'Gwent Homes\' to \'Fairlake Living\' in January 2011. 2) Part of the Seren Group.00000
[Expand]Fairlake PropertiesPart of the Seren Group.00000
[Expand]Family Housing Association (Wales)312331346
[Expand]First Choice Housing Association00000
[Expand]Gofal a Chymorth Gwalia1) Name changed from \'Trothwy\' to \'Gofal a Chymorth Gwalia\' in 2010-11. 2) Part of the Gwalia Group.00000
[Expand]Gofal a Thrwsio GwyneddMerged with Gofal a Thrwsio Mon to form Canllaw00000
[Expand]Gofal a Thrwsio M�nDoes not own stock.  Merged with Gofal a Thrwsio Gwynedd to form Canllaw00000
[Expand]Gwalia (Rest Bay Co-Ownership Equity Sharing) Housing Association00000
[Expand]Gwalia Housing GroupPart of the Gwalia Group.293321648
[Expand]Gwalia Housing Trust1) Does not own stock. 2) Part of the Gwalia Group.00000
[Expand]Gwerin (Cymru) Housing AssociationMerged with Eastern Valley to form Melin Homes on 01 April 2007..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Gwynfyd Housing Co-Operative00000
[Expand]Hafod Care Housing AssociationPart of the Hendre Group.00000
[Expand]Hafod Housing AssociationPart of the Hendre Group.330331043
[Expand]Hendre Housing Association00000
[Expand]Linc CymruName changed from \'Glamorgan and Gwent\' to \'Linc Cymru\' in April 2006.660661783
[Expand]Melin HomesMelin Homes was created by the merger of Eastern Valley and Gwerin on 01 April 2007.19019625
[Expand]Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association150151025
[Expand]Merthyr Valleys HomesNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Merthyr Tydfil council in March 2009.500501767
[Expand]Mid Wales Housing Association20323528
[Expand]Monmouthshire HousingNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Monmouthshire council in January 2008.40040949
[Expand]Newport City HomesNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Newport council in March 2009.600602080
[Expand]Newport Housing Trust00000
[Expand]Newtown Housing AssociationMerged with Newydd in 2005..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Newydd Housing Association1) Absorbed Newtown Housing Association in 2005. 2) Part of the Cadarn Group.310311849
[Expand]North Wales Housing Association808311
[Expand]NPT HomesNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Neath Port Talbot council in March 2011.00000
[Expand]Pembrokeshire Care And Repair 2000Does not own stock.00000
[Expand]Pembrokeshire Housing 2000Does not own stock.00000
[Expand]Pembrokeshire Housing Association1248601171
[Expand]PennafDoes not own stock.00000
[Expand]Pennant Housing AssociationNamed changed from \'Swansea Hillside\' to \'Pennant\' in 2009-10.00000
[Expand]Polish Housing Society00000
[Expand]Pontypridd and District Housing AssociationMerged with Cynon Taf to become Cynon Taf Community Housing in January 2008..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]RCT HomesNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Rhondda Cynon Taf council in December 2007.9619771168
[Expand]Reach Supported Living1) Does not own stock. 2) Part of the Seren Group.00000
[Expand]Rhondda Housing AssociationPart of the Hendre Group.38038745
[Expand]Saint David's Diocesan Housing Association00000
[Expand]Seren Group00000
[Expand]Solas Cymru1) Does not own stock. 2) Part of the Seren Group.00000
[Expand]Soroptimist Housing Association (Carmarthen)00000
[Expand]Swansea Housing AssociationMerged with Cymdeithas Tai Dewi Sant to form Coastal Housing Group in April 2008..The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]Taff Housing Association303811
[Expand]Tai Calon Community HousingNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Blaenau Gwent council in July 2010.10101
[Expand]Tai CeredigionNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Ceredigion council in December 2009.3710818
[Expand]Tai CymdogaethPart of the Gwalia Group.00000
[Expand]Ty Glas Housing Society1) Does not own stock. 2) Part of the Pennaf Group.00000
[Expand]United Welsh Housing Association110111526
[Expand]Valleys to Coast HousingNew RSL created by the stock transfer from Bridgend council in September 2003.260261945
[Expand]Wales and West Housing Association557622385

Metadata

HOUS1701: Possession orders

Statistical Directorate, Welsh Government

Last update: 16th December 2011
Was added to StatsWales: 16th December 2011
Next Update: No longer updated.
Will be added to StatsWales: None planned, data collection ended with 2010-11
Source: Possessions and Evictions Data Collection, Welsh Government
Contact: stats.housing@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The information presented here covers possession orders and eviction warrants obtained against tenants of social landlords (local authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs)) in Wales.

The information is collected to establish the number of possession orders and eviction warrants obtained by social landlords across Wales and the number of tenants who are forced to leave their home as a result. The information is used in order to monitor trends over time in the level and types of legal action taken by social landlords against their tenants as well as the reasons for the action.

Possession orders can be granted by the courts following a judicial hearing. Eviction warrants can only be applied for once a possession order has been granted but parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.

Local authorities and Registered Social Landlords have been asked for the purposes of completing this statistical inquiry to decide if the main reason for seeking a possession order was anti-social behaviour by the tenant or members of their household.

For further information, please see <a href= http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/housing2011/111207/?lang=en target=_blank> Statistical Release: Social Landlords Possession and Evictions, 2010-11, </a>

Housing, Possessions, Evictions, Orders, Tenancy, Arrears, Anti-social behaviour

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HOUS1701