Wishful homeowners hoping to snap up properties in some of west London's most sought after areas will need FORTY times their average earnings to afford a house.

New figures revealed for Kensington and Chelsea showed the affluent has borough topped the west London charts for the highest amount of money needed to own a home compared to average salary.

If you earn in the bottom 25% of wages, you will need 31.2 times your income to afford homes in the cheapest properties in the royal borough.

Westminster came a close second, asking for a staggering 24 times the average salary in order to buy a house in the central location.

Well established areas such as Hammersmith and Fulham also required 22 times the amount of a Londoners wage to own a property in the borough, going up from needing 19 times what people earned in 2014.

However, affordability has improved for other parts of the city, now 39.7 times higher than what people earn, compared to 42.3 times in 2014.

Housing expert Jean Dordain of AB Flatmate, said although some areas were now asking for less, it is still much more than Londoners can afford.

"It is still very much a supply and demand situation when it comes to London" he told getwestlondon.

"There is a shortage of houses, vast amounts of foreign investors happy to pay millions for properties in the beautiful west London boroughs, why would houses become truly affordable with all those factors?

"But you can see a real variety in where is the next up and coming area, such as Hammersmith.

"And some areas will always remain to be seen as property gold, such as Kensington."

Hounslow is the most affordable area of West London, with the average house prices 9.9 the average earnings.

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show the ratio of median house prices in England to median earnings was 7.4 in 2015, up from 6.92 in 2013.