Statement on rehousing Grenfell fire residents

We have been made aware of a blog posted this week making inaccurate claims about the availability of Notting Hill Housing properties for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

We want to make clear that there is absolutely no truth in the claim that we are delaying the rehousing of affected families. Indeed on the day of the tragedy, we made 40 homes immediately available to those affected.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea worked with the local community and agreed an allocations policy - which we are supporting the borough with – meaning most people are offered medium term ‘temporary’ accommodation before being offered a permanent home, but if residents want to stay with us they are very welcome.

In two cases where households asked to stay permanently at their request, we have worked with the borough to make that possible.

We currently have more than 20 properties available in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for households to view and move into immediately. This is in addition to the six households that have already accepted and moved into our properties.

We are working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on ensuring these homes can be used to provide longer term accommodation and those discussions are ongoing. However, our properties are available for families to move into while these discussions go on.

Our first priority has always been to help resettle displaced Grenfell residents as quickly and as best we can and we remain committed to providing all the support we can to families affected by the disaster.