Greater Manchester sees record number of evictions
A record number of people were forced out of their homes after falling behind with rent, according to government stats.
A record number of tenants were evicted from their homes in Greater Manchester last year.
Official figures show there were 2,038 cases of renters seeing their homes repossessed by bailiffs, in the region in 2015.
This was the highest ever number of evictions in Greater Manchester, according to Ministry of Justice data going back to 2003.
The repossessions were mainly because people hadn’t kept up with their rent.
The largest number of evictions was within Manchester itself, with cases up by 11 per cent, from 501 to 556.
Trafford, however, saw the biggest increase, with 67 evictions in 2014 rising to 100 in 2015.
Trafford Housing Trust, which has approximately 9,000 tenants, saw 36 of those evicted in 2015/16, which is a 22 pc increase on 2014/15.
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.”
But the problem is not unique to the region, as Greater Manchester reflects a national trend, with the number of repossession for private renters rising to a record 42,728 in 2015.