Second charge mortgage repossessions fall

Christina Hoghton
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Christina Hoghton

The mortgages – also known as secured loans – are taken out on top of an existing mortgage

Second charge mortgage repossessions fell by 30% in the third quarter of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

It said there were 25 repossessions in quarter three, taking the rate of second charge mortgage repossessions (as a percentage of outstanding agreements) to 0.06% in the 12 months to September 2019.

Geraldine Kilkelly, head of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: “The second charge mortgage market has reported lower levels of repossessions in each quarter so far in 2019. We expect the market to report a record low total for the year as a whole.

“As always, any customer worried about meeting payments should speak to their lender as soon as possible to find a solution.”

The figures are in stark contrast to the recently published repossession figures in the mainstream first charge mortgage market – which rose sharply by 19% in the the third quarter, as we reported in Repossessions rocket 19% as arrears stay low.