Landlords in Cumberland filed dozens of repossession claims last year, new figures show.

Across England and Wales, landlord repossession claims rose by more than a tenth in the three months to December 2023 compared with the same period in 2022, including a 16% increase in Section 21 notices.

Ministry of Justice figures show 55 claims to repossess a property were made by landlords in Cumberland between October and December 2023 – slightly more than the same quarter in 2022 when there were 47.

Of these, five were Section 21 notices.

Nationally, landlord repossessions claims increased from approximately 20,400 to 23,400, while Section 21 notices reached 7,600 in the last quarter of 2023, compared with 6,600 in 2022.

Meanwhile, the figures also show tenants across England and Wales were evicted from their homes on approximately 6,600 occasions in the latest quarter, including 12 evictions in Cumberland.