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Repossession risk is on rise

A man stressing about paying bills.

A man stressing about paying bills.

More than 900 people in Doncaster have lost their homes in the last twelve months - and over 300 households a week across Yorkshire are at risk.

That’s the stark warning from housing charity Shelter which reveals that 1 in 37 households in the town are under threat.

Shelter said more than 17,000 householders in Yorkshire and the Humber are at risk of eviction or repossession - the equivalent of 330 households threatened every week, according to new figures.

The housing charity has revealed the hotspots across the region where people are most likely to face losing their home, showing Hull at the top of the list, followed by North East Lincolnshire, Barnsley and Sheffield.

Doncaster residents are less likely to lose their homes, behind Leeds and Scarborough.

Shelter is warning that despite the beginnings of economic recovery, growing numbers of families are still set to struggle in the future.

It predicts that with the majority of families already struggling month to month with their housing costs and interest rates set to rise, many could soon hit danger levels.

Liz Clare of Shelter said: “It’s natural to hope mounting bills and arrears will go away, but the best thing to do is get expert advice straight away.

“People are hearing that the economy is recovering, but we’re seeing the reality that many families across the country are still battling to keep their heads above water and keep their homes.”

n Anyone struggling to pay their rent is advised to get expert help straight away from Shelter.

Contact the free helpline on 0808 800 4444 or visit www.shelter.org.uk/advice for more details and advice on how to avoid repossession.

 

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