Hundreds of families across the borough are alreadylosing their homes after falling behind with payments, the latestfigures reveal.
Money advisers at Civic Centre have noticedtheir phones ringing off thehook as desperate homeowners call in fear of losing their homes and thecouncil has now issued an information leaflet to help deal with thelooming threat.
Council leader Peter Thompson said: "Everything is going up, and quite rightly, people wonder how they canafford it. Help is at hand and this useful leaflet offers honest,reliable and intelligent advice about measures you can take if payingthe mortgage is a struggle, and you fear repossession."
Mortgage repossession orders at Brentford County Court were up 22per cent in the first half of 2008 compared with the same period lastyear, with landlord possession orders up a staggering 36 per cent.
Morethan 1,000 households fell victim to the growing problem, according tostatistics released by the Ministry of Justice, and the crisis wasmirrored across England and Wales, with mortgage repossession orders up21 per cent nationally.
Adam Sampson, chief executive ofhomeless charity Shelter, warned there could be worse to come. "Everyday we are seeing more and more ordinary hardworking people who areterrified of losing their homes," he said.
However, there wassome good news for householders in Hounslow, which was one of the fewplaces to see a fall in repossession claims - the step before an orderis made.
Mortgage lenders issued 475 claims at Brentford CountyCourt between January and June, down by a tenth on the same period lastyear. The number of claims from landlords also fell, by 12 per cent to977.
It was one of just two county courts in the capital to record a drop in both figures, Woolwich being the other.
'Having problems paying your mortgage? A guide to what youshould do', can be downloaded at www.hounslow.gov.uk , or orderedby calling 020 8583 5014.