According to a recent report in the Independent, tenants failing to keep up with rental payments is causing a record number of evictions and repossessions by landlords. This is leading to many landlords being in a situation where they need a fast house sale in order to rectify their mortgage arrears and clear their debts.
Data released by the Ministry of Justice shows that while repossessions of owner occupied homes by building societies, banks and other money lenders has stabilised at a low level for the past few years, repossessions of rental properties have risen sharply.
Some financial experts are predicting that landlord repossessions may rise by 10% over the next few months as more tenants default on rent and more landlords become in mortgage arrears.
Rent Arrears Leading to Record Number of Repossessions
During the final quarter of 2017, there were more than 15,500 legal repossessions made by landlords to evict their tenants. Although London is a rising hotspot for areas where tenants are being evicted for rent arrears, other areas in the north and north east of the country such as Grimsby, Hull, Doncaster and Peterlee have also been particularly hard hit.
Interestingly, it isn’t just lower rental value properties that have been repossessed. London and the South East has seen a dramatic rise in the number of repossessions of high value rental homes, some worth millions of pounds.
Interest-Only Mortgages Outstrip Current House Values
In addition to tenants not paying their rents, repossession of rental properties from money lenders has increased as more landlords have been unable to repay their debts as lower house prices have meant they are unable to raise enough from the sale of the property to fully clear the outstanding mortgage.
Many landlords who took out Buy-to-Let mortgages on interest-only repayments in the 1990s are now finding their mortgage expired but their investment has considerably dropped in value and is no longer worth more than the original mortgage. While this is a problem in London, it is also a particular issue in Grimsby and Peterlee where house prices have still not recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.
This could be a reason for many landlords in areas such as Grimsby or Peterlee needing to sell their property fast. In order to appease their mortgage lenders, who need a fast house sale is often needed to offset the debt and stop them sliding further into financial trouble.
In many cases of landlord repossessions, the time taken between the landlord making the claim and the property being repossessed is now an average of 41 weeks according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.
Approved property buyers and companies that buy houses fast are offering people in these situations a rapid solution. Rather than have to sell their house via the route of an estate agent. Property buying companies can facilitate a fast house sale and buy property for cash.