The Data Observatory

The NRLA Data Observatory is a collection of official and other well-established data sources which when combined, provide a narrative of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The NRLA tracks approximately 45 key data sets which are updated monthly, quarterly and annually. A selection of these appear in these pages.

Our Deep Insight blog provides a regular extension of the analysis which appears here, as well as those datasets which are not published in the Data Observatory section of this website.

The blog pages also features blog posts from other organisations and academics to provide insight on the PRS. Here you can also find more in-depth summaries of our regular reports and surveys.

Possession claims

Table 1: Total posession claims, England & Wales

  • Before the pandemic private landlord claims have remained consistent since 2009, averaging around 22,500 until 2020.
    • In this pre-Covid period, 2019 saw the largest number of claims - there were over 24,000 claims in this year.
  • This relative stasis in landlord claims contrasts with a more recent decline in total claims – from 170,000 in 2013, to 111,000 in 2019.
  • In 2020 however, the pandemic and the ban on evictions created a huge drop in claims. There were just 12,513 claims in 2020.
  • Provisional data from Q4 2021 shows that the number of possession claims filed by private landlords stands at almost 6,000, the number of claims is now ticking back up to pre-pandemic levels. 

Table 2: Analysis of possession claims and repossessions

  • The mean average time between claim and bailiff enforcement stands at almost 50 weeks in Q4 2021.

  • NOTE: due to the ban on possessions first introduced in March 2020, there are no recorded wait times for Q2 and Q3 2020.
  • Repossession waiting times - that is the time between the initial claim for repossession and bailiff enforcement - have shown no decrease over the last 10 years. 
  • The feasible target waiting time of ten weeks - calculated from the Civil Procedure Rules for possession action- has not been achieved for even one quarter in this study period.For a more detailed explanation of our 10 week target figure please visit our insight page. 
  • The mean and median times has historically lingered around the mid-twenty and sixteen week marks respectively.