According to Ministry of Justice data, the number of tenants evicted from their homes in Greater Manchester reached an all-time high during the last year. Official figures for evictions in Greater Manchester during 2015 show there were 2,038 cases of rented homes being repossessed by bailiffs. Repossessions were mainly because people had fallen behind with their rent.
Within Manchester itself, the number of evictions went up from 501 to 556, an increase of 11%, and in Rochdale and Bolton, evictions rose to 246 and 211 respectively.
However, the biggest increase was in the borough of Trafford where evictions rose from 67 in 2014 to 100 in 2015.Trafford Housing Trust, which has approximately 9,000 tenants, saw their eviction rate increase by 22%.
A spokesperson for the trust said: “We always encourage tenants to contact us if they are experiencing any problems paying their rent, as we will always work with them to find the best solution to their problem. The Trust is committed to ensuring that tenants are only evicted as a last resort.”
Repossession among private tenants is rising nationally too, with a record 42,728 in 2015. So Greater Manchester’s problem is not unique but reflects a national trend.
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