Hundreds of Huddersfield householders have faced the risk of eviction or repossession in the past 12 months, a survey has revealed.
Figures from homeless charity Shelter show there were 1,275 possession claims by mortgage lenders or landlords across Kirklees in the year to the end of July.
That equates to one in 93 rented or mortgaged households in the district.
Kirklees comes 10th in the regional list behind Wakefield with 1,087 possession claims representing one in 92 households. Bradford was eighth with 1,557 claims equating to one in 90 while Calderdale was seventh with 687 claims or one in 87.
The table was topped by North East Lincolnshire where 835 claims represent one in 58 rented or mortgaged households.
A possession claim is the first stage in a process which can end with the loss of a home.
The research, based on data from the Ministry of Justice, found that in the past year more than 16,800 homes in Yorkshire & Humber were at risk of eviction or repossession – the equivalent of 46 properties every day.
Shelter said that sky high housing costs were pushing more and more families in Yorkshire & Humber to the brink. With finances stretched to bursting point, just one thing – such as an illness or redundancy – could be enough to leave a family facing losing their home, it said.
The charity said that since 2011 the number of callers UK-wide to its helpline struggling with rent arrears had more than doubled while those calling about mortgage arrears rose by nearly a fifth.
Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: “Forty-six households at risk of losing their home every day is 46 too many. Each one of these will have had their lives turned upside down by this experience as they faced seeing their home, the foundation of their life, ripped away from underneath them.
“Tragically, we are seeing more and more people coming to us for help – people who have been struggling to make ends meet and then just one change of circumstances has pushed them spiralling towards homelessness.”