Key Worker Accommodation Pilot Programme

This pilot programme aims to provide affordable rental options for Key Workers in the NHS and primary and secondary schools delivering services to Kensington and Chelsea residents.

We have 14 striking one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available in Kensal Road W10, featuring open plan living, fully fitted kitchens with integrated appliances and flooring throughout.

This pilot will help us to understand the levels of demand within the borough and to develop a longer-term policy that delivers homes to Key Workers.

To view the available properties under the Key Worker pilot, visit the Share to Buy website, which provides online listings for shared ownership and intermediate rent properties. All enquiries made via the site will come through to the Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Key Workers are eligible for this pilot?

A person whose main employment is within the National Health Service or in a primary or secondary school and who provides services to residents of Kensington and Chelsea.

How many properties are available in the pilot?

There are 14 – six one-bedroom, six two bedroom and two three-bedroom flats.

How much money does an applicant have to earn?

Eligible residents and their households must earn more than £20,000 (gross) per year and not more than £60,000 (gross) per year at the point of accepting a property.

How much are the monthly rent and service charge for each property?

  • One bed: £959 plus SC*
  • Two bed: £1,066 plus SC*
  • Three bed: £1,172 plus SC*

* Service charges are currently being calculated.

How will you prioritise applicants?

Qualifying Key Workers will be prioritised in the following order.

  1. Qualifying Key Workers living in Kensington and Chelsea will be prioritised over those outside of the Borough.
  2. Where two or more qualifying Key Workers applying to the same property both live in the Borough, priority will be given to the resident who has lived continuously in the Borough the longest.
  3. Where two or more Key Workers applying to the same property work but do not live in the Borough priority will be given to the resident who has worked continuously in the Borough the longest.

Is there a limit to the size of property for which I can apply?

The size of property you can apply for is as follows:

  • one bedroom for the resident and their partner if applicable
  • one bedroom for every two children of the same sex, aged up to and including 16
  • one bedroom for a child of the opposite sex, aged over ten
  • one bedroom for any other adult aged 21 or over

Am I able to share a two- or three-bedroom property?

If there are no successful Key Worker applicants from a single household to a two- or three-bedroom property, applicants can apply on a sharing basis with each person having one bedroom and sharing all other facilities. All applicants must be Key Workers

What evidence will I need to provide?

The Council and its partners will undertake checks with regard to identity and other information provided such as employment and length of employment, length of residency in the borough, the existence of rent arrears, and the extent of any repeated involvement in antisocial behaviour.

Where can I find more information about housing in Kensington and Chelsea?

For advice about housing options, contact a Housing Options Advisor on 020 7361 3008, or visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/housing.