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Private Rented Housing: Evictions

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 91, tabled on 10 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in the enforcement of court orders for possession of residential property.

Answered on

17 May 2022

MOJ and HMCTS have already taken steps to review County Court bailiff capacity and have introduced efficiencies, including the increased use of Warrant of Control Support Centres to reduce the administrative tasks undertaken by bailiffs. This has, and will, free up bailiff resource to focus on other enforcement activity which includes the enforcement of possession orders.

The most recent data for timeliness in landlord possession claims can be found at the following link: Mortgage and Landlord Possession statistics: October to December 2021 - GOV.UK ( This shows a consistent improvement in timeliness since the enforcement restrictions lifted at the end of Q2, enabling bailiffs once again to undertake enforcement activity.