Latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a fall in the first quarter of this year in the number and the proportion of mortgages in arrears or ending in repossession. A decline was experienced in all arrears bands, and across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending.

Latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a fall in the first quarter of this year in the number and the proportion of mortgages in arrears or ending in repossession. A decline was experienced in all arrears bands, and across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending.

The total proportion of all mortgages with arrears equivalent to more than 2.5% of the mortgage balance was 1.03% at the end of the first quarter. This was down from 1.05% in the fourth quarter of 2014, and well down on the 1.24% recorded at the same time last year.

In numerical terms, there were 113,900 loans in arrears. Of these, just 24,400 were in the most severe arrears band (more than 10% of balance), equating to 0.22% of all mortgages. This is the smallest number and proportion of mortgages in the most serious arrears band since the end of 2008.

Chart 1: Arrears on mortgages, by percentage of total balance in arrears

20150514 Chart 1 - arrears on mortgages by percentage of total balance in arrears

Source: CML Economics

The proportion of mortgages resulting in repossession in the first quarter was 0.03%, down from 0.04% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 0.06% in the first quarter of last year. The number of repossessions was 3,100 (down from 4,200 in the fourth quarter of last year, and 6,400 in the first quarter of 2014). [see note 2 to editors]

Chart 2: Repossessions, buy-to-let and owner occupied markets

 

20150514 chart 2 - possessions buy-to-let and owner occupied markets

Source: CML Economics