Our housing strategy, tenancy strategy and homelessness strategy are all important to Westminster City Council
We are seeking your views on a new strategy to ensure our city has a well-run and managed private rented sector.
Westminster has the largest private rented sector in England which is home to a diverse mix of people, families and communities. The impact of poor-quality housing on safety, health and wellbeing is significant. We want to ensure every private rented home in Westminster is of good quality. Our strategy aims to tackle poor conditions and practices and to support tenants, landlords and letting agents by working together to make sure that all parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
We are seeking feedback from all our stakeholders and residents on our proposals for the private rented sector strategy, which include:
All are welcome to attend one of our online events where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our plans for the private rented sector in Westminster and share your feedback.
The consultation for the private rented sector strategy closes on Sunday 25 October 2020.
Once we have consulted with our residents and stakeholders, the council will use the findings to inform the final strategy and to develop an action plan, showing how we will deliver our objectives. We plan to publish the complete private rented sector strategy in early 2021.
Our Homelessness Strategy 2019 – 2024 sets out a ten point plan to tackle and respond to homelessness in the city. It aims to:
Our strategy does not cover rough sleeping as it is a specific problem which requires its own strategy (see the Rough Sleeping Strategy) and response.
You can also view the draft Homelessness Strategy and the review at:
Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6QP
Between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
The Housing Solutions Service
82 Bruckner Street
London, W10 4EY
Between 10 am to 4pm Monday to Friday
The council’s Tenancy Policy sets out its approach to flexible tenancies (brought in by the Localism Act 2011) in its own housing stock. The policy follows the principles of the Tenancy Strategy (which is a guide to all social housing with stock in Westminster in their approach to fixed term tenure).
The Tenancy Policy also sets out the council’s general approach to tenancy management and housing fraud.
For any further information about the Tenancy Policy Write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.
Call 020 7641 2789.
The updated Policy 2018, sets out the financial compensation and rehousing options for leaseholders where the council wants to acquire their properties in order for housing renewal to go ahead. A summary of the policy can be found here.
The new policy replaces the one originally published in 2014.
To find out more about the policy, write to Policy, Performance and Communications Team, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QP.
Call 020 7641 2789.
At Westminster City Council, we are working closely with our prevention team and partner organisations to help those who are sleeping rough get off the streets and into accommodation. Click on the link to find out about our Rough Sleeping Strategy 2017-2022.
Click on the link to find out how you can help someone sleeping rough.
Housing Strategy 2015 - direction of travel statement
Draft Housing Strategy 2015
Draft Housing Strategy summary 2015
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Final report
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Summary report
LHMS Ecorys report
Housing Strategy press release
The council’s Housing Strategy - direction of travel statement sets out the general direction the council wants to go in with regard to housing. It also summarises responses received to the housing strategy consultation in summer 2015. A full housing strategy will be published once the impact of national housing policy changes on the council’s housing plans are clearer. You can also read a fuller summary of responses to the consultation.
For any further information about the statement write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.
Call 020 7641 2789.
The council has published a Tenancy Strategy (PDF, 315KB) setting out its approach to fixed term tenancies. In line with the Localism Act 2011, all social landlords in Westminster are expected to have regard to the strategy when developing or updating policies for their own housing stock.
For any further information about the strategy write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.
The policy sets out the rehousing rights and options for council tenants that need to move due to housing renewal. It also sets out what other tenants in housing renewal areas can expect.
For further information, contact Dermot Moloney, Senior Regeneration Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We publish our policies for assessing housing priority and allocating social housing in our Housing Allocation Scheme.
Due to Covid-19 and in accordance with government guidance a different approach to letting social housing was taken between May 2020 and 24 August 2020. Read the full details of how people were allocated homes during this period in our Interim Allocation of Housing Statement (PDF, 216KB). This statement was updated on 20 July 2020. A previously updated version of the housing statement (PDF, 203KB) was shared on 13 July 2020. The original version of the housing statement (PDF, 201KB) came into effect on 18 May 2020.
This annual report reviews the supply and demand for social rented housing and low-cost home ownership for the last financial year and forthcoming year. It also makes proposals for policy developments.
The GIS map below shows the location of all Westminster City Council’s temporary accommodation in March 2015.
The Cabinet Member for Housing is Councillor David Harvey.
The Housing Solutions Service is provided by Places for People.
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2011/12||Housing Allocation Scheme October 2013|
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2012/13||Housing Allocation Scheme October 2014|
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2013/14||Housing Allocation Scheme June 2015|
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2014/15||Housing Allocation Scheme August 2015|
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2015/16||Housing Allocation Scheme November 2015|
|Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2016/17||Housing Allocation Scheme March 2016|
|Supply and Allocation Report 2017/2018 (PDF, 700KB)||Housing Allocation Scheme March 2017|
|Housing Allocation Scheme March 2018|
There are 3 homelessness policies: