Housing

Draft – Local Lettings Policy

We have been consulting with tenants of Lancaster West Estate and Bramley House about a new Local Lettings Policy. The consultation closed on Friday 30 November 2018.

We are now pulling together the results of the consultation and will publish the report on this site soon.

These are the relevant Local Lettings Policy documents.

Local Lettings Plan letter to residents October 2018

Local Lettings Plan Public Consultation Draft October 2018

Local Lettings Plan Frequently Asked Questions

 

Wider Grenfell rehousing policy

For tenants of Barandon Walk, Hurstway Walk, Testerton Walk, Treadgold House and Bramley House.

The Council has introduced a rehousing policy.

Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy – Summary – 200KB 

Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy – 210KB

Your housing future – Helping you decide
For residents of the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House who are currently living in temporary accommodation

This is for Council tenants who do not feel able to remain in, or return to, their home in the Walkways, Treadgold House or Bramley House.
The policy will award a high priority to these tenants for a move to another Council or housing association home.

The rehousing policy forms part of the Council’s commitment to you, the residents of the wider Grenfell area following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

Wider Grenfell Housing Policy rehousing progress update

 

Who does the Wider Grenfell Priority apply to?

‘Wider Grenfell Priority’, will be given to tenants who, prior to the tragedy, were living at the following blocks as their main home:

  • The Walkways (Barandon Walk, Hurstway Walk, Testerton Walk)
  • Treadgold House
  • Bramley House

Future housing options for tenants of the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House in temporary accommodation

 

On 25 July 2018  the Council’s Leadership team passed a Decision relating to future housing options and support for secure tenants of the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House in temporary accommodation. You can also read the recommendations of the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee and the final recommendations made to the Leadership team. 

Here is the Equality Impact Assessment relating to this decision.

Walkways, Treadgold and Bramley House tenants can now apply to be rehoused

Tenants living in the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House prior to the Grenfell tragedy, who no longer feel able to live in or return to their homes, can now apply to be rehoused.

Tenants wishing to move will be given a high priority to move to another Council or housing association home. High priority means that under the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy, residents who wish to move can apply for 900 points to join the Housing Register. Nine hundred points gives tenants the priority equivalent to someone on the Housing Register who needs to be rehoused because of a serious medical problem.

We have produced a brochure Helping you decide where you want to live – Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy – 951KB which explains the policy and how to apply for the 900 points. It also includes details about improvements taking place on the Lancaster West Estate for residents who are undecided about whether to stay in, or return to their home.

 

Download the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy Housing application form – 100KB

You can email your completed application form to: widergrenfell@rbkc.gov.uk

Or you can print off and then return your form to either of the following two addresses:

Housing Department
Kensington and Chelsea Council
Town Hall
Hornton Street
W8 7NX

Lancaster West Estate Office
Unit 2, Baseline Studios
Whitchurch Road
London
W11 4AT

Home Connections

The Choice-Based Lettings website CBL, known as Home Connections has now reopened after being closed following the Grenfell tragedy. This was to allow the Council to prioritise finding a home for former Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk residents. Available Council and housing association properties are advertised on the Home Connections website every week.

Once tenants have applied to be rehoused, we will send more information about the next steps.

A set of commitments to those affected by the Grenfell tragedy were discussed and agreed by Councillors last night (Wednesday 25 July).

“Our Commitments to those affected by the Grenfell tragedy” sets out our approach to working with survivors, the bereaved and the wider community towards long-term recovery.

The approach is informed by the many conversations with survivors, the bereaved and wider community we have had over the past year and has been developed together with NHS partners, West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).

Our overall aims are:

– To support survivors and those who were bereaved as a result of the tragedy to rebuild their lives

– To assist with community-led recovery for the wider community, helping people to build a better future for themselves and families

– To help all those affected by the Grenfell tragedy to support themselves and each other, developing capacity and resilience for a better future

The Leadership Team – the Council’s decision making body – approved the commitments as a basis for further consultation and engagement with the wider community. This will take place in the coming months so that we can hear more about what matters to survivors, the bereaved and the wider community.

The commitments are only the beginning of a wider conversation with the community and we have deliberately made them open-ended to ensure that they leave room for discussion, debate and challenge. They will be the foundation of a long-term recovery strategy, to be developed in partnership with residents and agreed by the Council in the autumn.

We will be contacting as many local community groups as possible to hear their ideas. There will be a number of drop-in sessions, workshops as well as dedicated consultation website for people to give us their views.

You can read more about the commitments on the Council’s website.

The Council has agreed to extend priority status for rehousing to two additional housing blocks – Treadgold and Bramley House.

It has also agreed to allow residents who are eligible under the policy to combine their 900 points with additional points for health needs and / or overcrowding.

This decision comes after the Council received around 100 responses to its recent consultation on the draft Walkways Rehousing Policy which originally only looked at how Walkways households (Barandon Walk, Hurstway Walk and Testerton Walk) would be rehoused.

After listening to resident feedback, the Council has made some important changes to the final rehousing policy in recognition of how these households have been impacted by the tragedy.

The new Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy will:

  • Award priority status for rehousing to tenants who were living in the Walkways and Bramley and Treadgold House prior to the Grenfell tragedy
  • Offer tenants of those households 900 points on the housing register once they have moved out of a hotel. After listening to residents these points could be combined with other points to take into consideration health needs (900 points) and overcrowding (200 points)
  • Ensure there is no time restriction placed on making an application to receive priority status
  • Provide all tenants with up to two suitable offers of housing. Tenants who refuse two suitable offers of housing will now retain their 900 points instead of having them reduced to 100 points. They will however have their priority date for rehousing amended to the date of the last suitable offer. This means that other tenants with the same number of points without offers will be prioritised above them

While the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy has been approved, it is not yet live. The Council will be in touch with everyone about the application process.

A copy of the report, which will be discussed by Councillors can be found here.

The Council has agreed to pay compensation to residents who are living on the Walkways, Bramley and Treadgold House and Verity Close due to problems with services on the estate since the Grenfell tragedy.

Residents on the Walkways have told the Council about problems with the rubbish chutes, intercom systems and heating and hot water. Residents of Bramley and Treadgold House and Verity Close have also had problems with services, though on a smaller scale. The Council is working hard to put these issues right, some of which will take time.

In the meantime, the Council will pay 50 per cent of rent and service charges to tenants and 50 per cent of service charges to leaseholders living at home on the Walkways.

It will also pay 15 per cent of rent and service charges for tenants and 15 per cent of service charges for leaseholders living at home in Bramley and Treadgold House and Verity Close.

This will be paid weekly into their rent or service charges accounts until Sunday 1 April 2018 while the Council works to improve services on the estate. This arrangement will then be looked at again. There will be no immediate changes to the way residents pay their rent and service charges.

All residents in emergency accommodation will pay their full rent and service charges. Residents of the Walkways and Bramley and Treadgold House in temporary accommodation will also pay their full rent and service charges but the Council will cover the cost of the rent and service charges on their temporary home.

Residents who received Housing Benefit before the tragedy will receive Housing Benefit again from Monday 5 February. The Benefits Team has written to those residents at their home addresses with more information.

Council tax will need to be paid in full from Monday 5 February.

The Council has written to all tenants and leaseholders with more information and have also included contact details for any questions.