housing in the boroughSupport our residents

We provide housing and homelessness assistance to those who need it, and support the ambitions of our residents to improve their lives and communities. Through investment and regeneration of our affordable housing we aim to improve the quality and variety of accommodation on offer.


Welcome to the housing pages of our website

Kensington and Chelsea is one of the most popular and expensive places to live in the UK. We have developed these pages to provide you with the best possible advice on the housing options available. 

What's new?

New Tenancy Policy and Allocation Scheme

Following six months of consultation and scrutiny, a new Tenancy Policy and Allocation Scheme was agreed by the Council's Cabinet on 21 November 2013. From 6 January 2014, new social housing tenants are no longer offered a lifetime tenancy for Council properties. Instead, they are offered a fixed-term tenancy, usually for five years and in exceptional circumstances, two years. We expect the majority of tenancies to be renewed after this period, unless the tenant has breached the terms of their tenancy or their circumstances have changed significantly.

A new Allocation Scheme was implemented on 17 February. This changes who can register with the Council for social housing. We have written to all residents on the Housing Register, who will be affected, telling them what the changes mean for them.

You can find a copy of the Tenancy Policy and the Allocation Scheme on our Social housing in the borough page.

Changes to benefits

The Government is making major changes to benefits. One change is a limit on the amount of benefit that people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called a benefit cap. The benefit cap means that people should not get more in benefit payments than the average wage paid to people in work. It began to be introduced in Kensington and Chelsea in August 2013. There is more information on the Advice and Benefits pages of our website.

If you are a council or housing association tenant and have one or more 'spare' bedrooms, your Housing Benefit may be reduced. For more information download a copy of our Housing factsheet Changes to Housing Benefit: spare bedroom restrictions from the link on the right.

Our Housing and employment pages give you information about the support available to help you to find work or training.

Online housing self-assessment form

We have developed an online housing self-assessment form, to help you understand your likelihood of being housed and to provide you with some advice and information. Click here to start the assessment.

Your local residents' association

Find out about your local residents' association.

Do you need help:

Home Connections. Letting...you choose TMO logo   People First

People First - health and social care services for adults


Page last updated: 03/12/2014