Local housing information

The Council will introduce a new Housing Allocation Scheme on 17 February 2014. This will only allow people in the greatest housing need to be placed on the Council’s Housing Register (the list of people waiting for accommodation).

Kensington and Chelsea is one of the most popular areas to live in the UK. It is one of the most densely populated boroughs in the country, with an estimated 158,700 people living here. According to the 2011 Census figures about 25 per cent of households live in social housing (which includes homes rented from the Council and housing associations), and 36 per cent live in the private rented sector. This is much higher than the London average. With such high demand and a shortage of accommodation of all descriptions, house prices and rent can be very high.

Between April 2012 and the end of March 2013, there were only 470 properties to let in the Royal Borough. There are many tenants in Kensington and Chelsea who for a number of reasons wish to move. If you believe you have a need to be rehoused to social housing, you should contact the Council's Housing Opportunities Team on 020 7361 3008.

However, while each year demand for these properties goes up, the number of vacancies that become available, gets smaller. The number and sizes of the properties let was as follows:

Properties let via the Housing Register 2012-13

Bedsit/Studios

122

One bed

181

Two bed

110

Three bed

47

Four bed

9

Five bed

1

Six bed

0

Total

470

You will see from this that the larger the property you need, the longer you will have to wait for social housing as fewer larger, family sized properties become available each year. Unless you have high priority for housing, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to offer you social housing.

You may wish to consider other options for your housing. The Housing Opportunities Team can offer advice on schemes available to you. For further information about housing options, please call: 020 7361 3008.

Who can register for housing with the Royal Borough?

From 17 February 2014, the Royal Borough will be operating a restricted housing register where only those in the greatest housing need will be able to register for housing. There will be lots of people who want to move but will not be able to join the register as they are not a priority for the Council.

Our main priorities are local residents who:

  • need to move due to medical reasons, where a move would substantially improve their independence
  • are severely overcrowded
  • are in accommodation that is larger than they need and a move would free up this accommodation for a family that needs it

We will also give some priority to:

  • homeless households
  • local people with a housing need who are working (16 hours a week or more in paid work for at least six months)
  • those in the Armed Forces

To qualify for the housing register, you should also have lived in the borough for at least the last three years, must not have savings of more than £16,000, and not have an income above £40,000 or £60,000 depending on the size of property you need.

By law, people subject to immigration control and certain groups of people from abroad are ineligible to be housed through a council (except in particular circumstances) and this means they cannot register with us for housing. The same applies to people we consider to be guilty of ‘unacceptable behaviour,’ meaning that they or someone in their household has behaved in a way which would make them unsuitable to be a tenant.

You can use our new online housing self-assessment form to help you understand your likelihood of being housed and to provide you with some advice and information.