Private sector housing licensing
Selective Licensing Consultation - now closed
Please note this consultation is now closed - We want your views on plans to improve housing standards in privately rented homes.
Newcastle City Council is consulting on re-designating Selective Licensing Schemes for private rented accommodation in Byker and Greater High Cross.
Before we can introduce a licensing scheme, we have to show why we think this kind of scheme is needed, what kind of problems it is trying to tackle and why we think Selective Licensing is the only option left. We must consult with all affected people, such as tenants, residents, landlords, managing agents, businesses, charities, Police, Fire Service, local councillors etc. It is very important that we gather as many views as possible and that we give proper consideration to these views.
To make sure that we consult fairly we are using a variety of methods to reach stakeholders, these include on-line questionnaires, and virtual events and workshops.
The formal consultation process starts on Monday 9th November 2020 and lasts for 12 weeks, ending on Sunday 31st January 2021.
Property Licensing in Newcastle
New licensing schemes commence 6 April 2020
Between 5 November 2018 and 27 January 2019 we carried out a 12 week consultation on a proposed licensing scheme for private rented properties. The proposal included a mixture of Additional HMO and Selective Licensing designations covering approximately 68% (18,000) of private rented properties in the city. This consultation has now closed but more information can be found here.
Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce new Selective and Additional Licensing designations. The new scheme commences on Monday 6th April 2020. Landlords had until 6th July 2020 to comply with the scheme. Please see the FAQ document for more information if you are struggling to comply as a result of coronavirus.
We have 3 type of property licensing in Newcastle
Mandatory HMO Licensing
Guidance and Information
All Selective licences are subject to conditions which the licence holder must comply with either immediately or within a specified period of time. The Housing Act 2004 stipulates mandatory conditions that must be included in every licence granted. We can also impose any other specific property conditions considered necessary for regulating the management, use and occupation of premises plus its condition and contents.
Following feedback from landlords the guidance document is regularly reviewed and updated. Please ensure you regularly check back to ensure you have the most up to date information (last updated 28th August 2020).
Making an application for a licence
Applications for a licence can now be made. All applications for a new 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, EPC etc.
Please see the FAQ document below if you are struggling to comply with these requirements as a result of Coronavirus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please follow this link to access a list of Frequently Asked Questions. This includes information on how Coronavirus may impact the delivery and compliance of Selective and HMO licensing. Please email Propertylicensing@newcastle.gov.uk if you have any questions which have not been answered.
This FAQ document will be updated on a regular basis
Training for licence holders
The Private Rented Service is offering FREE training in preparation for the new Property Licensing Scheme. New dates will be announced on this page shortly, but to sign up to receive notifications about training events and other landlord news you can subscribe to our monthly e bulletin at email@example.com
Licence holders are expected to improve and maintain their knowledge and competency by undertaking training and development in housing related matters. It is also a licence condition that licence holders complete at least five hours housing related training each year. This may include attendance on training courses relating to housing either locally or nationally, completing a recognised online training course or attending a relevant private landlord meeting or event. Evidence to support this must be produced to the licensing team upon request. The Private Rented Service offer training that will help with this requirement.
Landlord tool kit
When applying for a licence a landlord is asked to provide a management statement and evidence what management practices they have in place to prevent, and where necessary manage, problems that might arise during a tenancy. The Private Rented Service have developed a landlord tool kit which includes guidance on writing your management statement and document templates including tenancy agreements, reference applications, rent schedules, letter templates and more. You can view and download these documents online from our Landlord Toolkit or if you would like templates sent to you please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All properties which currently have an HMO or Selective Licence can be viewed on our public registers. We are currently moving between two systems and therefore have two public registers to view
Did you know?
We welcome all intelligence on unlicensed properties. If you are aware of unlicensed properties please let us know by completing this anonymous online form.