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Selective licensing of privately rented properties
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 licencing 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
The licence fee must be paid in full when an application is made.
|Standard fee for a valid application||£550|
|Reduction in fee for subsequent applications||£40|
|Reduction in fee for membership of the NLA or other nationally recognised accreditation scheme or being accredited with the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme||£100|
Please note that we cannot accept paying by instalments.
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.
The following guidance documents provide advice and support on managing properties within a selective licensing area:
Need more information?
email the Selective Licensing team or telephone 0191 211 6102.