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Announcements of forced sales of real property

These statistics document the development in the number of forced sales of real property, announced in the Danish Official Gazette, broken down by type of property and geographical location.

The situation in Denmark as a result of the actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 including the lock down of the Courts of Denmark between march 13th to april 27th has meant that the number of announcements of forced sales of real property in March and April has been limited.

Data description

These statistics document the development in the number of forced sales of real property in Denmark excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland, announced in the Danish Official Gazette, broken down by type of property and geographical location. Forced sales of housing cooperatives are not included, as these are defined as movables in the Danish Administration of Justice Act, which means that other rules are applicable.

All forced sales are announced in the Danish Official Gazette no later than 14 days before the public sale takes place. Right up to the forced sale takes place, the owner of the property may seek to prevent the sale by paying the creditor. In that case, the public auction will be cancelled. This means that there is a difference between an announced and an enforced forced sale.

Classification system

The grouping of the property categories does not comply with any national or international classifications. The statistics are broken down by geographical regions (2007) and municipalities (2012). The properties are grouped in the following categories:

  • Agricultural properties
  • One-family houses
  • Owner-occupied flats
  • Summer houses
  • Properties with two or more flats
  • Combined residential and business properties
  • Business properties
  • Industrial properties and warehouses
  • Building sites
  • Other built up sites

Sector coverage

Not relevant for these statistics.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Announced forced sale of real property: All forced sales are announced in the Danish Official Gazette no late than 14 days before the public sale takes place.

Statistical unit

The units in the forced sales statistics are the owners of real property for whom a forced sale of real property has been announced in the Danish Official Gazette.

Statistical population

These statistics include all announced forced sales of real property in Denmark excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Reference area

Denmark excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Time coverage

These statistics quarterly figures are comparable at a national level since 1979. The monthly figures are comparable since 1993. Yearly figures for provinces and municipalities are comparable from 2012 and onwards.

Base period

Not relevant for this statistics.

Unit of measure

Number of announced forced sales of real property. To the extent possible, forced sales or linked cases are only counted once. For this reason, the below announcements are omitted: Announcements with the same owner within the month in question, second announcements about the same real property, cancellations, confirmations, reprints, change of court date, discontinuance, affirmation, attachment, delay, default etc.

Reference period

Calendar month.

Frequency of dissemination

Monthly.

Legal acts and other agreements

Data for the forced sales statistics are collected electronically directly from the Danish Official Gazette, which is available to the public via the Official Gazette’s home page. There is no EU regulation applying to this set of statistics.

Cost and burden

The statistics are based on publicly available information in the Danish Official Gazette. This means that there is no direct reporting workload in connection with the compiling of these statistics.

Comment

The situation in Denmark as a result of the measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19, including the lockdown of the public sector, means, that the data for announcement of forced sales, in a period from march 2020 has been subject to increased uncertainty.

The closure of the courts, including the bailiffs who handle and announce forced sales in the Danish Official Gazette, from which Statistics Denmark receives data, has meant that only the most urgent cases have been dealt with in the period from march the 13th to April the 27th 2020.

This means, that during that period, the number of announcements of forced sales has been underestimated, regarding to what would have been announced under normal circumstances. Furthermore it has caused an increase in the number of announcement of forced sales after the reopening of the courts, due to some lag.

This meant that the number of announcements in May 2020 layed above the level of announcement that had been experienced in some time before the closure, where the number of forced sales had been rather stabile for a longer period.