UK Finance’s Mortgage Arrears and Possessions Update for the third quarter of 2018 reveals that:

  • There were 77,600 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the third quarter of 2018, 5 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • Within the total, there were 24,090 homeowner mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 per cent or more of the outstanding balance). This was unchanged from in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • There were 4,660 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the third quarter of 2018, 1 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • Within the total, there were 1,150 buy-to-let mortgages with more significant arrears (representing 10 per cent or more of the outstanding balance). This was 3 per cent greater than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • 1,080 homeowner mortgaged properties were taken into possession in the third quarter of 2018, 19 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.
  • 500 buy-to-let mortgaged properties were taken into possession in the third quarter of 2018, 17 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year.

Jackie Bennett, Director of Mortgages at UK Finance, commented:

“It is encouraging that homeowner arrears and repossessions remain at historically low levels, which shows the vast majority of borrowers continue to repay their mortgages in full and on time each month.

“We would always encourage anyone with concerns about making their mortgage repayments to contact their lender to discuss the advice and support available.”

Notes to Editor

  1. UK Finance is a trade association formed on 1 July 2017 to represent the finance and banking industry operating in the UK. It represents more than 250 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation brings together most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.
  2. The data shown are for first charge mortgages only. Figures are reported by most UK Finance mortgage members and presented here on a grossed-up basis from that sample to reflect total market size.
  3. Arrears and possessions figures are for the UK as a whole. There is no breakdown of data for English regions or for individual countries in the UK.
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