Figures show dozens of Wiltshire homes repossessed in 2021

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MoJ figures show 47 homes in Wiltshire were repossessed in 2021, up from 39 in 2020

Debt charity StepChange said more people across England and Wales have lost their homes since emergency Covid-19 financial measures ended, and that further government support may be needed.

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show 47 homes in Wiltshire were repossessed in 2021 – 44 evictions of renters, and three by mortgage lenders.

This was up from 39 in 2020.

Across England and Wales, there were 10,195 repossessions in 2021 – up from 8,608 the year before.

Bailiff-enforced evictions were banned for a large part of 2020-21, a measure introduced by the government to prevent renters from becoming homeless during the pandemic, though the ban was lifted in England on May 31 last year.

Sue Anderson, head of media at StepChange, said emergency measures to suppress landlord evictions and mortgage repossessions were ‘instrumental’.

But she added: With many people yet to recover from the financial effects of the pandemic – and now having to cope with a cost of living crisis – it’s no surprise that we are seeing a rise in the number of people losing their homes.

While the £65 million support fund created to help deal with Covid rent arrears will help, more support may still be needed for the hardest hit households, she said.

The MoJ figures show the number of claims lodged to repossess homes in Wiltshire fell last year.

In 2021, 228 claims to repossess homes the area were lodged by mortgage lenders and landlords – down from 254 in 2020.

Of the claims lodged last year, 187 were evictions of renters, and 41 by mortgage lenders.

The housing and homelessness charity Shelter said huge numbers of eviction notices are currently dropping on doormats across the country, and rising living costs may be the final straw for many renters.

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