Kensington and Chelsea Council: 'No decision has been taken' on whether to sell Grenfell homes

Kensington and Chelsea Council: 'No decision has been taken' on whether to sell Grenfell homes

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council has responded reports that they are considering selling off homes bought for Grenfell survivors.

Inside Housing reported that a council source said: “In some cases it will bring greater benefit to residents if the capital that might be spent in retaining and maintaining an acquired property is invested in developing new social housing.”

A spokesperson for the council responded to talkRADIO’s request for comment, saying: “If (big if) anything is sold, the money will be used to buy more social housing - so no housing will be lost whatever happens”.

"In the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy, the Council secured as many homes as it could to ensure that survivors have maximum choice available,” they said in a statement.

"The Council secured over 300 one, two, three and four bedroom homes.  

“More than 200 of these homes will be taken up by former residents of the Grenfell Tower and Walk. The council is currently making remaining homes available to the wider housing register via the choice-based lettings website.

“The council is reviewing the future use of a handful of the 300 homes because, while they meet the needs and preferences of survivors, they may be difficult to maintain as social housing.

“A full and transparent options appraisal will be carried out of each of these properties. One of the options may be to sell a property and use the money to reinvest in new social housing homes in the borough. No decision has been taken at this point."

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