Selective licensing of privately rented properties

Selective licensing

The Housing Act 2004 provides Councils with the power to introduce licensing of privately rented properties in selected areas.  This requires that all private rented properties in that selected area have a licence. Certain property standards and conditions are required to be met in order for a licence to be granted.

For further information, please read the General Guide to Selective Licensing

There are currently two areas in Newcastle which are designated selective licensing areas

Greater High Cross

This area has been  designated selective licensing area since 2010. Following a formal assessment and consultation process the Council introduced the current scheme which came into effect on 12 October 2015 and will run to no later than 11 October 2020.

Byker Old Town and Allendale Road South

This area has been  designated selective licensing area since April 2011. Following a formal assessment and consultation process the Council introduced the current scheme which came into effect on 1 October 2016 and will run to no later than 30th September 2021.

Newcastle City Council launched a consultation, on the 5 November 2018,  on a proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme which will cover up to 18,000 rented properties in the city. This consultation closes on 27 January 2019. Visit Commonplace, our consultation website, to take part in the consultation.

Standards and conditions for selective licensing

All properties with a Selective Licensing are subject to the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme (HHSRS). This is a risk based evaluation tool to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks to the health and safety of tenants from deficiencies identified in dwellings.

Making an application for a licence

All applications for a licence must be made online and paid in two parts as part of the application process. You will need to set up an account to complete a property licence application and to track the status of your application.

What do I need to apply?

  • room sizes and property facilities
  • details of property structure and safety equipment
  • names and addresses of persons and organisations with an interest in the property
  • payment card details
  • certificates e.g gas safety, electrical etc

 

Apply for a selective licence

 

 

Licence fees

Standard fee for a valid application

Part A payment £175

Part  B payment £475

Total payment £650

Please note that we cannot accept payment by instalments.

Model procedures

Model procedures have been developed to help landlords to comply with the licensing conditions. In the application form you can indicate that you agree to follow these model procedures or you can send us copies of your own procedures.

 

Guidance documents

The following guidance documents provide advice and support on managing properties within a selective licensing area:

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