13th February 2018

Mortgage arrears and possessions continue to decline, says UK Finance
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UK Finance has published its mortgage arrears and possessions update for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017.

Highlights:
• There were 82,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in Q4 2017, 7 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
• Within the total, there were 24,700 homeowner mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 per cent or more of the outstanding balance). This was 1 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
• There were 5,100 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in Q4 2017, 2 per cent greater than in the same quarter of the previous year.
• Within the total, there were 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 per cent or more of the outstanding balance). This was 20 per cent greater than in the same quarter of the previous year.
• 1,100 homeowner mortgaged properties were taken into possession in Q4 2017, 8 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
• 600 buy-to-let mortgaged properties were taken into possession in Q4 2017, unchanged from the same quarter of the previous year.

Commenting on the data, Paul Smee, Head of Mortgages at UK Finance said: “Annual homeowner possessions currently stand at a 36-year low, with overall arrears and possessions continuing to decline. This reflects the mortgage industry’s continued commitment to appropriate and prudent lending.”

“All potential borrowers are carefully assessed against their ability to pay back their loans, and lenders work closely with their customers to ensure that any payment issues are dealt with at an early stage. Anyone experiencing difficulty with their mortgage should contact their provider immediately.”