Weymouth And Portland Named A Hotspot For Evictions And Repossessions
7:22am 18th August 2014
Weymouth and Portland has topped a regional list of areas where people are most likely to lose their home.
Shelter has compiled the data which was recorded by the Ministry of Justice. The housing and homelessness charity says with finances being stretched to bursting point, just one thing, such as illness or losing a job could be enough to put a family at risk of loss their home.
According to the figures, one in 74 rented and mortgaged households in Weymouth and Portland is at risk of having a possession claim on it. This comes out top of a list of areas in the South West region.
Adam Terry, spokesperson for Shelter told Wessex FM; "In the South West, every single day we found out that 36 households are at risk of losing their home; that's 36 too many as far as we're concerned.
"If you think about children not knowing where they're going to wake up tomorrow morning, or you think about parents who don't know what they're going to tell their children about the fact that the family home might be about to go."
However Weymouth and Portland Borough Council say the figures aren't as bleak as people may think.
Councillor Kevin Brookes, Housing Brief holder for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, told Wessex FM: "There are various reasons why people become at risk of losing their homes.
"When people present themselves to the housing services here, it's not quite the same story. It could be a result of their assured short hold tenancies in the private sector being brought to an end.
"The other main reasons were parents or relatives no longer being able to accommodate, so there's a little bit of family breakdown there, and there were very few cases that were actually mortgage or rent arrears related."
The council did recommend that anyone who is struggling to pay their rent or mortgage should get support as early as possible to avoid a claim for repossession being made.