What is it?
The HomeStart Scheme helps people to move out of London. As all
the social housing outside of London will be allocated to tenants
already living in those areas, the scheme helps people to move into
private rented accommodation. The scheme could help you to move
closer to friends or family who do not live in the area. It allows
you to pick the area you want to live in and perhaps move to a
larger property, with a garden – something that you would never be
offered in Kensington and Chelsea. You could also move out of
London to somewhere quieter and less crowded. Living costs in other
parts of the country can be less than in London.
Who is eligible?
- Council and housing association tenants
- Severely overcrowded households (lacking two
How it works
Through the HomeStart Scheme, you may be offered:
- train tickets to view properties
- a tenancy for a minimum of 12 months which could carry on if
the landlord is happy with you as a tenant and you are happy to
- rent in advance, and a deposit which is yours to put down on
another property if you want to move on
- help with removals to your new home.
Things to consider
You must be sure that you want to re-locate. If you change your
mind it might be difficult to move back to London and the Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will not be able to help you.
How to find out more
Customer Service Centre
The Town Hall
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Housing Opportunities Team 020 7361 3272